Rock icon Eric Clapton lived out his childhood dreams on Thursday when he joined jazz star Wynton Marsalis onstage for a special benefit show in New York.

The guitarist was a guest performer at the Lincoln Center Orchestra event, teaming up with Marsalis and his band to play a series of jazz standards.

And Clapton revealed the gig fulfilled one of his long held ambitions.

He says, "I've never done anything like this in my life before... I wanted to be in a jazz band as a kid, but the guitar took me away."

Clapton and Marsalis also gave one of the rocker's biggest hits a musical makeover, performing a jazzed-up version of "Layla."

Thanking the star for agreeing to collaborate, Marsalis told the crowd, "The depth of respect I have for this man... So much is not what it's said to be. This man is for real."

The evening also saw an appearance by blues legend Taj Mahal.



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