Haley Reinhart sings 'God Bless the Child' in dim New Orleans jazz club, scats with a trumpet player: Watch it here

Please let this be a sign of things to come!

Interscope recording artist Haley Reinhart (typing that will never get old) was recently down. In New. Orleeeeans. with her fellow Season 10 American Idol contestants — and while there, she stopped by Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse to coo a smooth 11-minute rendition of “God Bless the Child” with Irvin Mayfield and his band.

The laid-back session features some astonishingly high runs, bluesy growls, and an extended call-and-response scat session with a trumpet; check out the video (uploaded by Casey Abrams…) below:

I can only hope that Ms. Reinhart’s trip to the Big Easy is an indication of what sort of music she’ll be making in her post-Idol career. I wouldn’t want her to go full-on jazz—that would pretty much guarantee that no one would buy her music—but with such clear knowledge of music history and vocal chops like hers, it would be a shame to hear the growler shoehorned into a too-poppy  sound. She’s made to sing soulful stuff like this!

Readers, what do you think?

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  • Cat

    So good.

  • Jay

    She is so talented. I really hope the label gives her some freedom. One of my favorites from this past season.

  • Denise

    Love her!! Loved it!!

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  • Raj

    Can someone get her in the studio with Mark Ronson? He really created a sound for Amy Winehouse that was contemporary, and stayed true to her soul roots. Would love to see a Ronson-Reinhart pairing. Sonic bliss

  • Kevin

    That was amazing! I don’t want her entire album to be jazz either, but I really hope she throws one or two of them in there.

  • Tinemi

    I’m sorry but there’s a lot of people that actually enjoy jazz and buys jazz albums, good jazz albums, of which there’s a lack of. I hope she makes a really good jazz album that sells.

  • Tusk

    …She is the modern day ‘Pied Piper”, traveling the country and creating more “WTF” moments, creating more “Haliens” as she goes. She doesn’t need an entourage, fireworks or dancers….she just needs her charm, her beauty, and, most importantly, her voice. What’s fun for all Haliens is…It’s only the beginning. The best is yet to come :)

    • Aunt Sassy

      What the F is a “Halien”? Good lord, you fandom people are so weird.

      • zenomath

        Your worst nightmare come true!! Go Haley!!!!!!!!

  • tealeafreader

    Amazing. I don’t even remember who she and Casey lost to.

  • Realtooreal

    Great session at one of the top hotels in the city. Mayfield and his band are tops. However, Grady Smith should learn how New Orleanians elected the preferred pronunciation of their city’s name ’76, Times Pic. (two words, four syllables) New Or le ‘aanz! Enjoy but give props!

  • Destiny

    whatever music she decides to make, i’m sure i’ll enjoy it:) she’s a star <3!

  • Destiny

    Haley Reinhart…remember that name people!..its gonna be big one day

  • Cheshire

    Gasp. Holy bleep. I LOVED that!!! Big thanks to Casey for capturing and sharing that with us! I just fell in love with Haley Reinhart all over again. I can’t believe she just turned 21…wow…she is really something special.

  • RM

    Wowsa. She holds her own with Prof Mayfield. She didn’t even study at Berklee, Julliard or Mayfield’s own Jazz program. Props to community college.

  • Zaza

    We want the album now! Agreed, get with Mark Ronson or Salaam Remi asap!

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