I’ve mentioned before that by various accounts, “SJI” is a highlight of Harry Connick Jr.’s current tour set list. It sounds like if anything the song is playing a more and more prominent role as he stays out on the road: Two accounts of shows in the UK cite his live band’s take on the tune.
The most memorable segment was when [Connick] switched to a century-old, out-of-tune piano for duets with his guest trombonist Lucien Barbarin. Their 12-minute St James Infirmary, on which Barbarin somehow made his instrument giggle and growl, and the band-accompanied Basin St Blues were both gritty and great fun.
And the Guardian:
Most dizzying of the many highs is a lengthy investigation of St James Infirmary Blues, which starts junker-style on a battered old piano, morphs into Meters-like funk as Connick sidles over to a Hammond organ, and ends up back at the sort of sophisticated but surreptitiously sleazy jazz that underpins the night.
That Guardian description really makes me want to hear this version. Maybe there’ll be a live record later….