In April 2011, Eric Clapton played a gig at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. I remember hearing about it, but the concert slipped my mind until I heard this song on WBGO during their recently concluded pledge drive. Apparently, the show was also released on CD. I haven't heard all of the album, but if this song is any indication, the pairing works.
"Layla" has proven to be a very versatile song. The original version is a staple of rock radio stations across the world. The acoustic version is almost a completely different song and introduced Clapton to a whole new generation of fans. How about "Layla" re-imagined in the style of New Orleans jazz? Give this one a listen.