Jon Batiste Performs 'Saint James Infirmary Blues'

  • Published on Dec 21, 2018
  • The pride of the Late Show, Jon Batiste, performs the song from his album 'Hollywood Africans' that earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance. 'Saint James Infirmary Blues.'
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Comments • 599

  • thorbergson
    thorbergson 3 days ago

    Come on, that Late Show outro was unnecessary here!

  • DAVE
    DAVE 3 days ago

    Its good but the 1933 version by Cab Calloway is unbeatable.

  • Hassan Han
    Hassan Han 23 days ago

    Jon Batiste fingers ooze butter and honey

  • Adam Blevins
    Adam Blevins 25 days ago

    Yeah, dat's da shit right there. Interpretation, skillz, style, and some homage and respect for the great old song this is. Awesome rendition, cuz this didn't feel like a cover.

  • Thomas Søby
    Thomas Søby Month ago

    Awww... Legendary!

  • johnraven claro
    johnraven claro Month ago +1

    The original singer is still much better than him

  • _ X
    _ X Month ago

    It's just.. how Adam Driver didn't want to steal any moment from Jon show with none of extra stuff beside introduction. Respectable act.

  • Nayeli Diaz
    Nayeli Diaz Month ago

    Wtf Kylo Ren being here, that's fucking random. I just came for Jon, lol

  • KazuyaaMishima
    KazuyaaMishima 2 months ago

    True Detective!!

  • Melanie Wadkins
    Melanie Wadkins 2 months ago

    Marvelous, haunting interpretation. I feel sorry for the people who gave Batiste's performance a "thumbs down." They don't know crap about music OR talent.

  • thedreadedzero
    thedreadedzero 2 months ago

    The faster Cab Calloway version is SO much better it’s ridiculous. This version sucks.

  • Vaios Pap
    Vaios Pap 2 months ago

    My mind is a bunch of missing pieces...

  • Jack AllBeing
    Jack AllBeing 2 months ago

    Worst one so far

  • Renee MacKenzie
    Renee MacKenzie 2 months ago +1

    If anyone throws me a funeral, I want this version of this song played at it. Until then I'll continue to be enchanted, moved by it while still alive. Gorgeous.

  • HereIgoAgain
    HereIgoAgain 2 months ago

    Count Batiste should host a music variety show and have Stephen Colbert as the color commentator :)

  • maril s
    maril s 2 months ago

    Holy mother of Jesus.

  • Talal Twal
    Talal Twal 2 months ago

    Koko the clown anyone?

  • JustAnUnknownLost
    JustAnUnknownLost 2 months ago

    Maybe the nocturne at begininning?.....

  • Marc Touss
    Marc Touss 2 months ago +1

    this man is a GENIUS!...

  • Eric C Hughes
    Eric C Hughes 3 months ago +1

    Go buy his record "Hollywood Africans." It is truly the best album of 2018.

  • Chi Linh
    Chi Linh 3 months ago

    Folks, I'm goin' down to St. James Infirmary
    See my baby there;
    She's stretched out on a long, white table
    She's so sweet, so cold, so fair
    Let it go, let it go, god bless her
    Wherever she may be
    She will search this wide world over
    But she'll never find another sweet man like me
    When I die, bury me in my straight-leg britches
    Put on a box-back coat and a Stetson hat
    Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
    So you can let all the boys know I died standing pat
    An' give me six crap shooting pall bearers
    Let a chorus girl sing me a song
    Put a red hot jazz band at the top of my head
    So we can raise Hallelujah as we go along
    Folks, now that you have heard my story
    Say, boy, hand me another shot of that booze;
    If anyone should ask you
    You just tell 'em I've got those St. James Infirmary blues

  • mla3e
    mla3e 3 months ago

    I feel sorry for the 100+ souls that lack an appreciation for this music.

    (I got to witness him perform this live in Oct 2018. It's stuck with me ever since)

  • Katherine V
    Katherine V 3 months ago

    this guy combined a Chopin classic with legendary st james infirmary, magical moment, a series (True Detective 3) couldn't have ended better, musically speaking , cannot not love him

  • deinse82
    deinse82 3 months ago

    "his song"?

  • Deuard Flucier
    Deuard Flucier 3 months ago


  • Hunor Miklos
    Hunor Miklos 3 months ago

    Best ending song

  • psycho88
    psycho88 3 months ago +1

    True detective season 3 episode 8...last scene

  • real madrid
    real madrid 3 months ago +2

    True Detektive Squad

  • BaReLy
    BaReLy 3 months ago

    kinda prefer Hugh Lauries version

  • Braden Elshoff
    Braden Elshoff 3 months ago +4

    What a perfect ending to True Detective Season 3

  • Mattia Ferru
    Mattia Ferru 3 months ago +3

    "Henry..? I... i think i'm lost."

  • Chaudagne Joille
    Chaudagne Joille 3 months ago

    Intro sounds like Chopin Nocturne 20.
    Not tell me I'm the only one to mix it, otherwise will cut my ears :)

  • Can Haşim Tekinay
    Can Haşim Tekinay 3 months ago

    ellerini sikeyim ne güzel çalıyon it

  • Giordano Mcm
    Giordano Mcm 3 months ago +4

    "Purple Hays, my man."

  • Max Mad
    Max Mad 3 months ago +1

    True detective

  • Atilla Malkoc
    Atilla Malkoc 3 months ago +2

    chopin meets jazz :) nice intro

  • Grace Hopper
    Grace Hopper 3 months ago +1

    Such a great relaxing sound! Thanks Jon Batiste for your incredible talent

  • Maja Ermilova
    Maja Ermilova 3 months ago


  • jose luis úriz aizcorbe

    Pero qué grande!

  • Petr Cicela
    Petr Cicela 3 months ago +4

    True Detective brought me here

  • Nitrogen Narcosis
    Nitrogen Narcosis 3 months ago +3

    True Detective brought me here!

  • 97MrBlues
    97MrBlues 3 months ago +4

    True Detective Season 3 feels...

  • Jakub Holeksa
    Jakub Holeksa 3 months ago +2

    True Detective

  • Sourcerful
    Sourcerful 3 months ago +2

    I'm here after True Detective 3 finale.

  • Brian Leung
    Brian Leung 3 months ago +2

    True Detective took me here.

  • Wesley Since 1 9 9 3
    Wesley Since 1 9 9 3 3 months ago +4

    Someone came because of TRUE DETECTIVE season 3 ???

  • idaho graeme
    idaho graeme 3 months ago +10

    what if the ending isn't really the ending at all
    what if Julie did find a life at that convent
    what if that little boy who loved her so much
    what if he recognized her
    what if he knew her,
    even if she didn't know herself
    and what if those nuns who cared about her,
    those women who knew she'd had a hard life
    they knew bad people were looking for her
    what if they wanted to protect her
    the only way they could
    by telling a story

  • Doug MacRay
    Doug MacRay 3 months ago +122

    True Detective Season III brought me here.

    • hienamx
      hienamx 2 months ago

      Same here mate.

    • motorm
      motorm 2 months ago +1

      this song and the ending scene really saved an otherwise very slow and not too exciting season.

    • Amiran Jazz Rapsolo
      Amiran Jazz Rapsolo 3 months ago

      not only u, i think all of us broken this magnifique moment, holly deam...

    • Tikirama
      Tikirama 3 months ago

      Me too. But apart from good music and fantastic acting, season 3 was super boring.

    • BeattapeFactory
      BeattapeFactory 3 months ago


  • Chosen1
    Chosen1 3 months ago +8

    True detective brought me here

  • Leandro Perticari
    Leandro Perticari 3 months ago +4

    Because True detective

  • louise roman
    louise roman 3 months ago +1

    So great and loved the background singers, talk about subtle.

  • Brendan McMahon
    Brendan McMahon 4 months ago

    Nice Chopin mix with the traditional jazz tune. Like Duke Ellington, you take a little from someone good and something classic and a little from yourself and you take it and make something original.

  • ricHARD Masada
    ricHARD Masada 4 months ago

    Here's a much better version of the same song

  • Nick Wade
    Nick Wade 4 months ago

    my vote for the grammy

  • Shawn
    Shawn 4 months ago +1

    Reminds me of a soundtrack that could be from a 1950s southern film. Or any film
    Worth the Grammy
    Wow he’s so crazy good

  • americanhoney honey
    americanhoney honey 4 months ago

    He has made the classic his own.

  • Cathyblj
    Cathyblj 4 months ago +1

    Love the Chopin references at the beginning and the end!

  • Lorrie
    Lorrie 4 months ago +1

    I want to marry his fingers, (sigh) evn though I am old enough to be his grandmother, almost. Such a cool guy, great musician and wonderful foil for Stephen Colbert...

  • steven lane
    steven lane 4 months ago

    I didn't know Stephen Colbert side kick could 'play the piano like that, What a performance!!'

  • manny s
    manny s 4 months ago

    I wish they had edited out the outro...still words can't describe the performance...If
    I had one, It'd be "smooth"

  • Denisse Ogata
    Denisse Ogata 4 months ago +1

    Speechless, This man is surfing the wave up in the sky.

  • Bleue Violette
    Bleue Violette 4 months ago

    This is how I discovered the love of piano music - listening to Jon Batist play a song about a dead woman "lying on a long white table..."

  • Firelightly
    Firelightly 4 months ago

    So effing brilliant...

  • Dickie Oi
    Dickie Oi 5 months ago

    Jon Batiste. Man, it doesn't get better than that.

  • Jackie Roberts
    Jackie Roberts 5 months ago

    Look at those beautiful hands

  • John Waters, Jr.
    John Waters, Jr. 5 months ago


  • Jane Guarnera
    Jane Guarnera 5 months ago +1

    Bravo Boo! My grandma was raised in Germany as a classical pianist, drippin' honey is right, the man knows his ivory.

  • Peter McCormick
    Peter McCormick 5 months ago


  • maxime dufour
    maxime dufour 5 months ago

    love that chopin he adds to his songs

  • woodsie31498
    woodsie31498 5 months ago

    would love to hear him and Kamasi get together

  • Mary Dawood
    Mary Dawood 5 months ago +1

    He needs to win the Grammy for this performance. Phenomenal!!

  • doobeedoo2
    doobeedoo2 5 months ago

    meh, the Louis Armstrong version is so much more interesting. This is one color.

  • doobeedoo2
    doobeedoo2 5 months ago


  • Jeremy  Rhoads
    Jeremy Rhoads 5 months ago

    99 people with stupid opinions

  • ryandatkinson
    ryandatkinson 5 months ago

    He holds that final note, that final feeling. Your mind dives deep into reflection, and then BADA-BUM-DA-BUM-DA-BUM-DA-BADA-BA-DAHHH"

  • Karalee B
    Karalee B 5 months ago


  • drumrocka
    drumrocka 5 months ago

    Is his pulse being behind the rhythm intentional or is his feel a bit iffy?

    NOISEMAZE 5 months ago

    How do people listen to this shit???

  • Wajahat Shah
    Wajahat Shah 5 months ago


  • Foxy-CAM TV
    Foxy-CAM TV 5 months ago

    If only he was as high as Hendrix..

  • Victoria Theodore
    Victoria Theodore 5 months ago


  • brother rabbit
    brother rabbit 5 months ago


  • Lee Orr Neuman
    Lee Orr Neuman 5 months ago

    I like this cover very much. Nicely done

  • Canuckmom1958
    Canuckmom1958 5 months ago

    Oh DAMN, Jon ! ! So... "The Pianist" is one of my Top 3 favourite Movies of all time, and when Jon opened up with a jazzed-up version of the Chopin piece that Wladyslaw Szpilman plays near the beginning of the Movie, I thought..Whhaattt?? The whole thing was bloody brilliant !! So glad Jon is getting a chance to do his thing, and share it with all of us. Very nice !

  • Brenda Boykin
    Brenda Boykin 5 months ago


  • Adam Neece
    Adam Neece 5 months ago

    SO GOOD! Such a great song too

  • farfangled
    farfangled 5 months ago

    Oh I guess that settles it, I gotta listen to his albums now

  • Pamela Sims Jones
    Pamela Sims Jones 5 months ago

    That's that innate, Louisiana family talent! Shut yo mouf! Jon Batiste is the real deal. Can you imagine growing up in such a musical family & you had the Marsalis clan in your backyard too?!! Jon Batiste is the real deal. He knows every musical genre & he makes the classical geniuses sound contemporary! Bach & Chopin are applauding!

  • Liāna Lloyd
    Liāna Lloyd 5 months ago

    SO. GOOD.

  • Behave
    Behave 5 months ago

    Is he the only man in America who plays like this?!

  • itgetter9
    itgetter9 5 months ago +1

    This is one of my favorite songs, and all I gotta say is: Damn, Jon Batiste!!!! Absolutely brilliant.

  • Cindy van Empel
    Cindy van Empel 5 months ago


  • Linda Anne Engelhardt
    Linda Anne Engelhardt 5 months ago

    Please! More Jon Batiste! Could you get him to play Bach‘s Goldberg Aria ( which I am sure he did at J.)?

  • Brett Coster
    Brett Coster 5 months ago

    I only knew I only knew this song from Rin Taro's film Metropolis, but this version is terrific, so smooth and free. Great work, many thanks.

  • infiniteFERN
    infiniteFERN 5 months ago


  • Stanley Graham
    Stanley Graham 5 months ago

    I love that he starts out with Chopin and then moves into St. James! And then, he ends with Chopin. Brilliant!

  • Rene LeBlanc
    Rene LeBlanc 5 months ago

    That was spectacular!!!!

  • xVALENx
    xVALENx 5 months ago

    I haven't watched the interview yet but I swear the beginning of the piano solo part sounds so much like a sample of one of Alicia Keys piano songs but all in all loved this

  • Dear Suzy
    Dear Suzy 5 months ago

    what a gifted, talented Artist

  • IsaDesOsiers
    IsaDesOsiers 5 months ago

    I adore Jon Baptiste, who I would barely know of without The Late Show, so thank you Stephen Colbert. I almost miss this performance. After watching the Auld Lang Sang performance I fell upon this. I think he should be more often showcased. This is incredible. And he is so gorgeous too.