, friend of this blog, sent me a copy of a local - that is, New Orleans - rendition of “St. James Infirmary.” Now, this is a real treat, because the performer, Kenneth Terry
, has given permission to post the performance on this site. A great talent, his recorded output as a feature artist is woefully inadequate. As soon as you tune in to the music below, I have no doubt you will agree. Talent and renown are not necessarily related.
At about nine minutes, Terry’s rendition flows through a history of jazz, flawlessly connecting the past to the present, and includes an unabashed nod to Louis Armstrong’s 1928 recording. And there is not a wasted second.
You can buy the CD from Kenneth if you happen upon a performance of his in New Orleans.
I feel honoured to offer this to you. At over nine minutes, here is: “Kenneth Terry Jazz Band - St. James Infirmary