McFerrin, Simon sing improv at NY Lincoln Center

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 15 at 9:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Are you ready for Simon and McFerrin?

Paul Simon probably never had a vocal partner quite like Bobby McFerrin, who coaxed him onstage in an impromptu New York City performance that highlighted opening night of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 25th anniversary season.

McFerrin spotted Simon in the audience Thursday night and invited him to join in some "improv" on the old Simon and Garfunkel hit "Scarborough Fair." Simon initially declined, but eventually gave in.

Simon asked good-naturedly "How could you do that to me," as he joined McFerrin onstage at the Rose Theater for an unexpected guest turn.

Simon quickly adjusted to McFerrin's loose, irreverent style as they adapted their singing to saxophonist Ted Nash's arrangement of the Simon song for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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