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Performances Song History

St. Thomas

Music: Sonny Rollins

Vocals: Instrumental

Original Artist: Sonny Rollins

Original Album: Saxophone Colossus (1956)

Debut: 1988-05-21

Historian: Mark Toscano

"St. Thomas" is just one of those tunes that so many bands have played, that it long ago entered the pantheon of “jazz standards.” Rollins’ original, appearing on the tenor saxophonist’s amusingly named 1956 outing Saxophone Colossus, also featured the talents of Max Roach, Tommy Flanagan, and Doug Watkins. Phish is known to have performed “St. Thomas” only once on 5/21/88, though it was teased by Dave Grippo and Fish during the 11/23/91 “BBFCFM.” Artists such as Tal Farlow, David Murray, Kenny Burrell, and Count Basie have all run through the classic tune, not to mention the Johnny B. Fishman Jazz Ensemble. "St. Thomas" was also a staple of the side project Bad Hat (featuring Trey and Fishman) as well as Jamie Mansfield's Jazz Mandolin Project (featuring Fish).

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Recommended Versions: 1988-05-21

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