Joe Newman – St. James Infirmary

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St. James Infirmary Blues is an American jazz song of uncertain origin. Louis Armstrong made the song famous in his 1928 recording on which Don Redman was credited as composer; later releases gave the name Joe Primrose, a pseudonym of Irving Mills. The melody is 8 bars long, unlike songs in the classic blues genre, where there are 12 bars. It is in a minor key, and has a 4/4 time signature, but has also been played in 3/4.

Joseph Dwight Newman (7 September 1922 – 4 July 1992) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator, best known for his time with Count Basie.


Joe Newman – trumpet, vocals
Hank Jones – piano
George Mraz – bass
Mickey Roker – drums

Recorded – July 14, 1987

Yubin-Chokin Hall (Tokyo Japan)