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Published: 2011/04/08

Taj Mahal Sits in with Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis

Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis performed together at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center last night. The performance—Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual gala event—featured a jazz-heavy backing band consisting of Marcus Printup (trumpet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Don Vappie (banjo). Taj Mahal opened the night and sat in with Clapton and Marsalis for a few songs, including the encore of “Corrina, Corrina.” Despite his background in the blues, Clapton showed off his jazz chops throughout the night, including a reworking of “Layla.” According to the website Where’s Eric, Clapton and Marsalis also performed “Ice Cream,” “Forty-Four,” “Joe Turners Blues,” “The Last Time,” “Careless Love,” “Kidman Blues,” “Joliet Bound” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

The show’s official after party took place at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and featured a performance by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Clapton and Marsalis will return to Jazz at Lincoln Center tonight.

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