60 years on, Itzhak Perlman reprises his Ed Sullivan appearance

60 years on, Itzhak Perlman reprises his Ed Sullivan appearance


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2018

On the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Itzhak Perlman returns to the same stage he graced sixty years earlier when he performed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ as a child prodigy.


UPDATE: And here’s the performance.


  • Archie_V says:

    That’s just the chat bit. The part where he plays is here:

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    Had he forgotten what the second piece was ? He really needed help.

  • violafan says:

    So great to see him performing there again!

    Mr. P is the best.

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    Here’s the performance. I thought the pianist was racing ahead a bit in the Wieniawski

  • Rodney Friend says:

    Great accompanist. Has a wildly successful career in jazz:

    • Spenser says:

      I agree, Mr. Friend.
      Jon Batiste as a soloist/accompanist (as well as leading the show’s band Stay Human) is not featured nearly often enough on The Late Show.
      (BTW, thank you for your own wonderful contributions to music!)

  • MacroV says:

    If you’re going to post the interview, might as well post the performance:

  • Bill says:

    If you go to http://www.cbs.com you can view the entire show and watch him play Wieniawski op. 18/4 and a version of Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me

  • Marc says:

    Here’s a link to Perlman’s performance with a very nervous Jon Batiste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mYt9PBcSjQ

    • Guest says:

      My perception is just the opposite. I watched it but saw no indication that Jon is nervous, let alone “very nervous.” To me he seems no different than in any other of his performances.

    • Guest says:

      My perception was just the opposite. I watched it but saw no indication that Jon was nervous, let alone “very nervous.” To me, he seems no different than in any of his other performances. I thought he handled it quite well.

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    somebody posted this on YT

    “Behind the scenes note: this was the second take. I didn’t see or hear anything wrong with the first take, so it must have been technical. I’m so lucky to have seen him and Jon perform it twice!!

    In between takes, Stephen jokingly reintroduced him using an Ed Sullivan impression. Itzhak also jokingly said, “We’re gonna do it until we get it right!”

  • I’m struck that Jon Batiste stepped in to accompany. In 30 years of Letterman shows I don’t think I ever saw Paul Shaffer accompany a classical music guest.

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    The 80 minute documentary film ‘Itzhak’ can now be bought or loaned on YT. Recommended.
    Nice footage of him playing with M. Argerich

  • craig horst says:

    Since I hardly ever turn on my television I am forever grateful to slipped disc for the opportunity to see this tribute to Itzhak Perlman’s 60th anniversary of his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was greatly moved by his performance and his magnanimous presence and smile.