The limitations of American Idol are so apparent watching Season 10 alum, Haley Reinhart perform “God Bless The Child” with Jazz musician and professor, Irvin Mayfield.  Haley and Casey’s Idol duet of the Charles Mingus tune “Moanin” only hints at what she pulls off here in this 11 minute jam with Mayfield that finishes up with an impressive scat duet with the band.

After the North American Idols live tour wrapped up a few weeks ago, a few of the Top 11, including Haley,  Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina and Pia Toscano headed for New Orleans, LA to perform at a private event.  This video which just surfaced today, was taken at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Big Easy during their stay.

Casey tweeted the link tonight, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the amazing @HaleyReinhart @IrvinMayfieldJr thanks for letting this happen.”

Watch and listen.

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  • Jon

    Long live Queen Reinhart!

  • hapi

    wow

  • randrambles

    Damn. She’s amazing.

  • Bazzle

    … just so… so.. good. sooths the soul. bliss.

  • songsungblue

    She has great musicality and what a clear tone! I think she’ll only get better as she gets older, and her sensibilities deepen.

  • Kylee

    She is just great, such a relief that she is signed.

  • Jae

    This is awesome. This girl has serious talent. What a cool thing for her.

  • Shelack

    She should do at least one jazzy tune in her album…that was amazing…

  • Incipit

    The limitations of American Idol are so apparent

    That was a Pure T delight, mj, thanks.

    Lady Ella used to do that sort of call/response with the musicians, where her tone and their’s were interchangeable – and Irvin Mayfield Jr is a great musician for Haley to match musical phrases with – he plays that trumpet like Haley sings, with expression and emotion. They both seem to have unlimited music in their bones.

    AI’s tidy little boxes don’t begin to have room for music like this, any more than they could give a notion of what Casey James could do. And this is music I would buy in a heartbeat.

    “God Bless the Child” indeed – and bless anyone who was able to use the artificial limitations of AI to give the audience a glimpse of who they are.

  • Kylee

    The limitations of American Idol are so apparent watching Season 10 alum, Haley Reinhart perform “God Bless The Child”

    She sang this in Hollywood which is…drumroll…idol.

  • Incipit

    She sang this in Hollywood

    Kylee , which 90 seconds would one snip out of that tour de force, so it would fit on Idol?

    The point is – never gonna hear it done like that – even half, even one quarter like that – Idol isn’t set up to give us the best of the contestants.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • upsidedawn

    She sang this in Hollywood which is…drumroll…idol.

    And she was great performing it on Idol in Hollywood. But this time…this performance is on a whole other level.

    Just frickin’ amazing. And so much fun to watch.

    (In my opinion).

  • Triskel4

    Mother of Pearl. Seriously. Just wow!

  • randomjoe

    Haley also did this pre-idol.

    God Bless The Child, Haley Reinhart and the Harper Jazz Ensemble

    The three versions share elements, but are all very different.

  • Pam

    That was fantastic! Just amazing! Thanks mj

  • lizbeth2827

    Just loved every second of it! Saw it when Casey posted it and must have watched it like five times already. Haley is such a little jazz girl–its in her heart and soul.

    I am pretty sure Casey filmed this as it is posted to his youtube account. I love hearing him in the background getting such a kick out of the performance. He was in his jazz heaven–LOL!

    BTW–he played bass at the club that night as well.

    This is what Casey wrote about it on his youtube channel:

    GREAT STUFF
    Thanks Ray for bringing us down to the club, Haley got to sit in with the Band. Irvin took an amazing solo as well. This is a good combination of artist if you ask me.Completely spontaneous and perfect.

  • girlygirl

    This is fantastic

  • beesims

    Incredible. So sad to think of the pop dreck they will make her record for her first album.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The point is – never gonna hear it done like that – even half, even one quarter like that – Idol isn’t set up to give us the best of the contestants.

    Thank you. Exactly.

  • rihannsu

    She got some SERIOUS respect from those guys and that ain’t no small thang! You go girl. You don’t get that kind of response in THAT place unless you got some SERIOUS chops baby. They don’t play kissy face there.

  • http://www.huckleberryfriendmusic.com/ huckleberryfriend

    I’ve loved Haley since the 1st time I heard her, but I wasn’t expecting that. Talk about an old soul. Where does this kid get the maturity from? She commanded the stage like she does this every night.

    Haley, don’t let them put you in a box.

  • argie

    Omg. I die…

    She gets so drunk in the music it’s just heaven to watch and hear her sing.

  • lex

    Amazing. Seriously, the choices she makes when she sings, the nuances, the back and forth at the end with Mayfield, just fantastic. I would buy a jazz album from her in a heartbeat. Of course, I’ll likely buy any album from her, I just worry that an AI produced album won’t even approach what she is capable of. Thanks Casey!

  • Ringo

    Here’s hoping that Haley continues to develop her style and growing as a vocalist. I’m hearing a lot of Billie Holiday, which is great, but I’m am starting to hear some Haley too. We need to encourage unique voices allowing themselves to sound differently to counteract homogenized pop so prevalent on the radio. It looks like she is contiuning to develop her chops — where she left off pre-Idol. In my opinion she needs to continue this — exploring her instrument with serious jazz performers in a traditional collaborative group.

  • Kylee

    I just worry that an AI produced album won’t even approach what she is capable of.

    Its Interscope, Lady Gaga’s label. I’m sure they will let her like they let Gaga and their other artists.

  • Nele621

    Wow, wow, wow. Haley is amazing. I knew she was talented, but who knew she was this good. And Randy criticized this talented girl almost every single week. What the hell was wrong with his eyes and ears?

  • mytwocents

    This video is pretty mind-blowing. I am starting to think that Haley was too good for Idol. I sincerely hope that she comes out with new music soon, one that reflects her musicality, uniqueness and edge. I don’t know about her songwriting yet, but if we base it on her choice of words in interviews, she may have huge potential.

    Randy is somebody’s puppet… somebody’s dawg. I never thought his opinion mattered. However, it was very easy for us to hate him because he crossed the line numerous times and was very offensive to our Lady Reinhart. I know he’s been there since the beginning, but if he pulls off another act like this next season, I hope the Fox execs get rid of him.

  • Buffynut

    Nele621 says:

    09/20/2011 at 1:29 am

    Wow, wow, wow. Haley is amazing. I knew she was talented, but who knew she was this good. And Randy criticized this talented girl almost every single week. What the hell was wrong with his eyes and ears?

    To answer your first question, lots of us knew she was this good!
    And, your second question, Randy is an idiot!

  • Swind

    Haley is amazing as usual. Her album should be one of the best ever produced from Idol. Her talent is just that great.

  • revcat

    They were all kind of mean to her except Steven Tyler of course :) She’s got it all as far as I’m concerned & I’m not even much of a jazz fan, but that’s her forte and I would love to see some Amy Winehouse style jazz recordings, wonder if Haley can write?

  • Bazzle

    Haley’s great but haha the judges don’t get a break do they? haha they had their own opinions and none of them were ever as rude as Simon, who used to come off as slightly disrespectful. the rudest thing was randy’s ‘won the round thing’ but even then it didn’t even seem like he wanted to intentionally do it it just kinda slipped out. i do agree they appeared to be a tad harsh and often illogical with their comments throughout the season. There is no way they dislike her as much as some of her fans seem to think, if they were really bias she would not have made the top 24 and needless to say they did give her 3 standing ovations didn’t they? and randy gave haley a standing o for WIAWSNB on his own accord and he made the effort to go to one of their shows.

  • cwm

    Wow that was awesome. Haley is amazing. Looking forward to seeing what kind of music she puts out. Thanks for posting this, MJ!

  • fuzzywuzzy
    Wow, wow, wow. Haley is amazing. I knew she was talented, but who knew she was this good. And Randy criticized this talented girl almost every single week. What the hell was wrong with his eyes and ears?

    To answer your first question, lots of us knew she was this good!
    And, your second question, Randy is an idiot!

    A pretty amazing example of just how good Haley is and MJ, you’re right about how restrictive Idol was for her. The show only showed a small glimpse of her talent. The fact that Randy was so anti-Haley and pro-Casey just shows what an idiot he was.

  • Nina1

    Haley’s music makes me feel great that I helped her career by voting for her on Idol. She is so good, I feel like buying some jazz, and I am not a big fan of it either. Holey moley. I wonder how many excellent artists the judges have missed or dissed over time.

    For the record, it was JLo who wins Most Awful To Haley; during one of her standing ovations (which Randy initiated), Jennifer would not stand up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lady Ella used to do that sort of call/response with the musicians, where her tone and their’s were interchangeable – and Irvin Mayfield Jr is a great musician for Haley to match musical phrases with – he plays that trumpet like Haley sings, with expression and emotion. They both seem to have unlimited music in their bones.

    I was also reminded of Ella in this performance of Haley’s, Incipit. I’m a jazz fan from way back and it’s so cool to see Haley just sing unfettered and free. So spontaneous.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m hearing a lot of Billie Holiday, which is great, but I’m am starting to hear some Haley too. We need to encourage unique voices allowing themselves to sound differently to counteract homogenized pop so prevalent on the radio. It looks like she is contiuning to develop her chops — where she left off pre-Idol. In my opinion she needs to continue this — exploring her instrument with serious jazz performers in a traditional collaborative group.

    I was reminded of Billie too, Ringo, mostly in the way that Haley bends notes. I’m wondering how being signed by Interscope will impact the style of music that she records. If it’s going to restrict her too much, then a jazz oriented label would have been preferable.

  • steelbluelily

    Oh I want a jazz album from her so badly. That was so enjoyable!

  • Incipit

    Haley’s great but haha the judges don’t get a break do they?

    Nope, Bazzle – they don’t. The new judges had all sorts of leeway at the beginning of the 10th season – but they proceeded to make themselves irrelevant.

    The judging for The Sing-Off ought to be required viewing for both of them, (Randy is a lost cause) not just because of Haley, but for all the contestants.

    “I remember Ben and Shawn being very good judges: constructive criticism, no ridicule or insulting crap, very positive, but didn’t pull any punches either.” (Thanks, fuzzywuzzy)

    It can be done.

  • TwigLA

    That was a delight. This girl will go far if they let her … and I don’t mean as a pop princess.

    Could anyone make out what the trombone player did that made the audience laugh?

  • ituneit

    This is why more of the industry’s music people – not Idol people got behind Haley more than anyone else on that show. Idol tv watchers flailed over the boys even when some of them where clearly not deserving and got ahead based on disability or other reasons rather than talent.

  • rihannsu

    I believe what the trombone player did was take himself to the side of the stage and sit his ass DOWN which is a IMHO better than a standing ovation in that instance.

  • Bazzle

    Nope, Bazzle – they don’t. The new judges had all sorts of leeway at the beginning of the 10th season – but they proceeded to make themselves irrelevant.

    ok maybe on tv they weren’t so good at constructive feedback. But IMO only towards the end, i think JLo was superb at the start of the finals. but from what i hear from the interviews all of the contestants liked the judges and wanted them to come back next season. and ive seen a number of them mention the fact that they were all very nurturing and helpful behind the scenes not on camera. especially Steven Tyler.

    For the record, it was JLo who wins Most Awful To Haley; during one of her standing ovations (which Randy initiated), Jennifer would not stand up.

    I don’t see how this alone JLo was ‘most awful’ to her, i disagree. JLo to Haley previous weeks ‘Best performance of the season’ …for i who have nothing…. ‘you have the best voice in the competition’…. for beautiful. she didnt say that to any of the other contestants. its just differing opinions on the performances, i think JLo comes across as very sweet on the panel like Paula, she never said anything rude or disrespectful.

  • Kirkee

    Wow. She sounds great. This is seriously amazing.

  • Incipit

    I believe what the trombone player did was take himself to the side of the stage and sit his ass DOWN which is a IMHO better than a standing ovation in that instance.

    Thanks, rihannsu , the video was very dark on my screen – but it looked like he exited – absolutely the equivalent of a Standing O, even better than.

    The massive compliment of having Haley sing with these artists was very cool – and she brought it, and then some – very good that Casey got video – and the sound was fine!

  • lucy

    Randy criticized this talented girl almost every single week. What the hell was wrong with his eyes and ears?

    Randy’s eyes and ears are rented out on a permanent basis to TPTB. His own occasionally sneak through and force him to say something, but I’ve sworn for a decade that he sees his main purpose as supporting whatever plan the producers have, even when that means completely denying reality. He’s done it plenty of times over the years, lots of times in off-the-show interviews and not infrequently in comments to somebody whose surge of excellence threatens to eclipse the purported glory of some chosen one or other. I’d say his attitude toward Haley is a pretty good example. Too bad, because he really does have a lot of musical knowledge, but he’s chosen to whore himself out for cash and fame that he probably wouldn’t get by merely using that.

  • lucy

    ok maybe on tv they weren’t so good at constructive feedback. But IMO only towards the end, i think JLo was superb at the start of the finals. but from what i hear from the interviews all of the contestants liked the judges and wanted them to come back next season.

    Who wouldn’t want to have one’s ego stroked and stroked and stroked and stroked and stroked — no matter what? …. Doesn’t mean that’s what’s good for you, your career, or the show.

  • Bazzle

    This is exactly what i mean about ‘ the judges don’t get a break. first randy is hated on cos hes and idiot for criticising Haley. and now:

    Who wouldn’t want to have one’s ego stroked and stroked and stroked and stroked and stroked — no matter what? … …. Doesn’t mean that’s what’s good for you, your career, or the show.

  • ituneit

    but from what i hear from the interviews all of the contestants liked the judges and wanted them to come back next season. and ive seen a number of them mention the fact that they were all very nurturing and helpful behind the scenes not on camera. especially Steven Tyler.

    Well of course the contestants liked them! Did you expect anything less? With the exception of Haley no matter what note they hit that distroyed ear drums across the country the judges told them how wonderful they were. I’m sorry but some of those notes that one contestant in particular hit and his horrible off-key performances was met with nothing but praise from the judges. It totally turned me off of the judges and the show. JLo was pushing a CD at the time and didn’t want to alienate anyone. Music critics across the country were reporting on the uselessness of the judges. Nigel even came out and defended them. If you get nothing but a tongue bath each week of course you’re going to think that the one administrating the bath is wonderful.

    Give the judges a break? From what? Their uselessness?

  • Tess

    Having grown up with this song I can say that the “song” can make the singer…this is one instance where the material is definitely better than most singers who sing it. Haley’s version was OK…but I felt her growl was pretty out of place and I wasn’t really keen on her deep South vocal inflections…made it seem a parody rather than an inspired interpretation. Haley has a good instrument but is still very young and needs a lot of work if she wants to compete with the greats of jazz….it’s a genre that can eat you up in a flash.

  • KayGee

    While I think Randy was and is a tool most times, he was the person who advised her to come back “the next year” to audition. So no matter how horrible he was (and believe me, I couldn’t stand the judging, starting with Jimmy Iovine), he was the impetus that got Haley to 3rd runner up, and a fan favorite to alot of people – me included.

    Thanks Randy – for telling her to come back, and THANK YOU HALEY FOR BEING SO AWESOME!!!

  • Montavilla

    The judges were useful in one regard. Their bizarre criticism of Haley made some fans (like me) power-vote for her. That may have bought some extra weeks on the show.

    It wasn’t that they criticized Haley so much as that they criticized her for choosing songs, even when she was singing the heck out of them. All the while ignoring some dreadful sounds coming out of the other singers.

  • wonderings

    Oh excellent, especially the end. I love how loose this is, the listening & interaction, the sense of experimentation and play.

  • Ringo

    Haley’s version was OK…but I felt her growl was pretty out of place

    Ah yes, the growl. Those not familiar with jazz are apparantly clueless as to how complete unique and appropriate it is to a performance like this. Go back and watch it again. Haley breaks it out at 2:20 and watch the reaction of Mayfield (the trumpeter). It’s like “Shit, this girl has some chops!” Funny that this was much the same reaction Randy had when she growled during this song during Hollwood week — one of the few times I think Randy was honestly reacting to Haley and her music rather than being coopted by TPTB’s dictates this season.

    You may also notice Mayfield then breaks out his version of the growl during his solo — really a common jazz trumpet technique — at 4:34ish and then 5:48ish. I can hear those Scottie/Lauren fans now: “I just don’t like that growly thing he does with that brassy horn. He was playing so nicely up to then. Why does he have to do that?” That’s why you don’t go to jazz clubs, I guess.

    Edit to appease CanadianLady. :)

  • Tess

    That’s why you don’t go to jazz clubs, I guess.

    Assumptions…assumptions. Cheap “jazz” tricks are often used by the under qualified to sound “real” within the genre…but if you listen to the greats “growling” is subtle and interpretive…not in your face see what chops I have.

    It’s an oft repeated comment that people who may not like an “Idol” performance for one reason, or another, are lacking in any musical objectivity and knowledge.

  • Landmd

    Amen Ringo!!! Wow great performance!!

  • Haleysshindig

    I tend to think the professional jazz musicians on stage are familiar with the song and thought she knocked it out of the park, one to the point where he didn’t feel worthy to share the stage with her. I agree, she did this song justice.

  • CanadianLady

    I can hear those Scottie/Lauren fans now: “I just don’t like that growly thing he does with that brassy horn. He was playing so nicely up to then. Why does he have to do that?” That’s why you don’t go to jazz clubs, I guess

    Excuse me? What u talkin’ ’bout? I’m a Scotty fan but also a Casey and Haley and Jacob fan. And a jazz fan as well as honkytonk, blues, and traditional country. Scotty has even put in a little growl in one song, and I love it.

    Okay, I’m getting the posting too quickly thingie. For my first post of the day????

  • MollyAnnMay

    Tess: Cheap “jazz” tricks are often used by the under qualified to sound “real” within the genre…but if you listen to the greats “growling” is subtle and interpretive…not in your face see what chops I have.

    I presume you are talking in generalities and not about this specific performance, because if you actually watched it, you would see there is not a single, solitary “cheap” thing about it.

    This is about as genuine a musical conversation as one can ever hear and I am so, so grateful Casey caught it on tape.

    The interactions in this piece are by turns respectful* (on Haley’s part), amused and surprised (on Mayfield’s) and gobsmacked (on the trombonist’s) and then it just flies — you can see everything that is happening on Mayfield’s face and hear it in the challenges he throws her. The amazing thing is how she meets them.

    *Yes, she has a little Billie vibe going in the beginning, but it’s all Haley from the 3 minute mark on.

    Haley must have been so happy in the moment and so happy at how this came out. I know I am watching it. Thank you, thank you MJ for posting it.

  • lizbeth2827

    A pretty amazing example of just how good Haley is and MJ, you’re right about how restrictive Idol was for her. The show only showed a small glimpse of her talent. The fact that Randy was so anti-Haley and pro-Casey just shows what an idiot he was.

    Well, as far as I remember-Randy praised all the contestants fairly consistently–except Haley. So, why just bring Casey’s name up? Was it because he was kind enough to video the performance, upload it to you tube and then tweet it so folks could share it? Perhaps, it was because Casey stated in his post-elimination interviews how talented Haley was and about her remarkable vocal abilities every chance he had. Maybe because he tweeted for his fans to vote for her and went to the show and cheered for her in the audience every week. He is also one of the few contestants that is somewhat of a cheerleader for the other idols and does not just talk about himself.

  • DonnaRonna

    When Haley was doing the “call-response” thing at the end, I couldn’t help but remember Randy’s comment to her about some note being at the top of her range. No wonder her response was so sassy (“that’s nowhere near the top of my range”)! She’s right. The notes she hits here are WAY higher than most anything she did on Idol.

  • Nele621

    Didn’t several idol alums actually say they really liked Haley and thought she was really talented. I know there are favorites every year, but it seems unusual that a third placer would be so many favorites, esp idol alums.

    I couldn’t help but remember Randy’s comment to her about some note being at the top of her range. No wonder her response was so sassy (“that’s nowhere near the top of my range”)!

    I thought that was one stupid comment Randy made. Whether top or not, who would even bring that up?

  • Ringo

    Assumptions…assumptions. Cheap “jazz” tricks are often used by the under qualified to sound “real” within the genre…but if you listen to the greats “growling” is subtle and interpretive…not in your face see what chops I have.

    My understanding is that vocal growling was popularized by the artist who probably had the greatest impact on popular music last century — Louis Armstrong. He used in virtually every song. Now if a current artist used it as much as Satchmo did, I likely would agree that it’s pandering and a cheap trick.

    But here, Haley growled maybe once or twice (and minor growls at that!). If anything, the entire performance was a study in subtle understatement, not a Christina Aguilar-like diva perfromance (which Haley has the chops to do). She did not overwhelm the song, she played within it. Growling once or twice was a choice she made as an artist and, within this impromptu performance and unique locale (New Orleans, home of Louis A.), it seemed unassailably appropriate. YMMV

  • ross

    Ah yes, the growl. Those not familiar with jazz are apparantly clueless as to how complete unique and appropriate it is to a performance like this. Go back and watch it again.

    It didn’t seem, from her post, that Tess isn’t familiar with jazz.

    I can hear those Scottie/Lauren fans now: “I just don’t like that growly thing he does with that brassy horn. He was playing so nicely up to then. Why does he have to do that?” That’s why you don’t go to jazz clubs, I guess.

    I’m surprised by your assumptions. I’m not one of their fans but I wouldn’t leap to conclusions about their abilitiy to appreciate music. Also, I’m a big fan of Billie, Ella, and other jazz greats, and I find I have to agree with some of Tess‘s comments.

    I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call anything Haley does “cheap jazz tricks.” But sometimes it does sound more imitative than inspired. I’d rather she worked more on the tone of her voice (which can be less than pleasant), as well as the basic mood and meaning of a song, before she tries for effects that may be beyond her exprience at this point.

  • steelbluelily

    I can see what Tess said about the growls – I really enjoyed this performance, but those were the two times I said to myself “wish she wouldn’t have done that.” Personal preference on style and, yes, with more maturity she’ll probably slide that technique in more smoothly. I also had the “shades of Billie Holiday” feeling when she started – I liked that. I really enjoyed that call response instrumental conversation at the end (in this case I count the voice used as an instrument) – it was witty and humorous and generous between the two of them. I’m glad this young woman is getting a chance to be heard and I’m really looking forward to hearing her grow. And I’m really hoping some of that growing we’ll get to hear is in the jazz arena!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Based on the comments, I am very excited to listen to this later at home!

  • Swind

    I thought Haley sounded super amazing fantastic great excellent all kinds of awesome in this video. It’s a shame that others couldn’t hear it as well, maybe they need new speakers?

  • Incipit

    Jazz vocal stylings and whether one likes them, or not, is just as subjective as any other music – I happen to like the rasp in Haley’s voice, thought it was used appropriately, and recognize it for what it is – a component of a vocal ‘blues slide’. This is not easy to do…breath and vocal control are essential. Shades of “Blues in the Night” – IMO. I also like the many facets of her voice, and as with any music, YMMV.

    IDK what/who the “cheap Jazz tricks” was aimed at – but considering the well-known caliber of Irvin Mayfield, Jr’s trumpet playing, and Haley’s demonstrated ability to keep pace with and echo the phrases he tossed at her, there was nothing ‘cheap’ on that stage, IMO.

    If this wasn’t about to slide off the page, I would add the story of his instrument, it’s name, and and the cool story of how it is transported…but people who like this sort of music probably already know it, and there’s always google. Heh.

  • Landmd

    If this wasn’t about to slide off the page, I would add the story of his instrument, it’s name, and and the cool story of how it is transported…but people who like this sort of music probably already know it, and there’s always google. Heh.

    It did slide off the page!! I would still like to hear the story Incipit. I like jazz/blues I really don’t follow anyone in the genre.

  • MusicMatt

    Wow, just wow….this is amazing, incredible and fascinating. Haley, girl, you earned every bit of the respect you got from Mayfield, the trombone player, the rest of the band and every person in that club. The musical conversation was all kinds of wonderful, not many vocalist can do that and she gave as good as she got and more. Can’t wait to hear her album.

  • Incipit

    It did slide off the page!! I would still like to hear the story Incipit. I like jazz/blues I really don’t follow anyone in the genre.

    So it did, Landmd. OK – The trumpet is named ‘The Elysian’ – and it’s pretty damn special. Here’s the whole page about it. It was handcrafted by David Monette, the modern master of trumpet design, and is dedicated to the memory of Irvin Mayfield, Sr, and all of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Just reading the fabulous description makes it come alive – but never more so than when Mayfield plays.

    The cultural ambassador of the city of New Orleans, “Mayfield plays the trumpet in his gigs, and perhaps the best part of the trumpet’s burgeoning lore is the pageantry in how it travels. An older man, typically dressed in a black suit, travels as the official guard of the trumpet, and as I understand, the trumpet’s guard has been deputized by the New Orleans police. It’s quite a regal sight.” 2010/06/17 by matthewsf

    Considering the price of Monette trumpets, and the uniqueness of The Elysian, not a bad idea, IMO.

    Inviting Haley on the stage to sing, and Casey to play, was a massive compliment from the jazz community of the city of New Orleans.

  • pcaindawg

    Haley is so awesome. Her CD has first residence in my car player. Can’t wait for her album but get by with her u-tube videos. Fav is “I Who Have Nothing” – wish it was on the CD. Right before that solo is when Randy called them out and said everyone was in it to win it but Haley. I have really despised him since. She came out and blew it away. The video is way better than the studio version cause she was so upset at what had just happened. The emotion shows in her voice. Then the judges gave her a standing ovation. Talk about schizophrenic judges! Randy just did himself in with me forever. Probably will never watch Idol again. Haley will only get better – if that’s possible or even necessary! What a great performer she is.

  • pcaindawg

    My dream gig would be Haley and Adam touring together. The two best voices in the current world.

  • Landmd

    That was a great read, thank you for sharing with us Incipit!!

  • chrislongisland

    Haley FTW yet again!

  • Chai

    I loved this and I was not a Haley fan. This goes to show the judges have a good ear when choosing contestants. Musicality goes far beyond the pop constraints of AI. Melinda Campbell is another example.

  • buzzenator

    Very telling…beyond Irvin Mayfield who tweeted about Haley, “love at first hear” and the respect of his band…the singing intern, Chrissy, stated: “I was there! And unfortunately had to sing after her! I was sooo ready
    to go home! But the best part of this video is that this is ALL ON THE
    FLY!!! She and Casey just happened to come in to the Playhouse that
    night. So no previous rehearsals… JUST RAW!?” Chrissy’s comment dispels any thoughts that this was some “jazz trick”, but in reality impromptu, unrehearsed and amazing!