St. James Infirmary Blues

The St. James Infirmary Blues is one of the oldest and most well-known jazz tunes. Listen to both of the awesome recordings below to get the style of this tune in your ears. This tune is in a minor key which helps it sound sad.

This is Louis Armstrong's famous recording of the St. James Infirmary Blues from 1928. Armstrong plays the trumpet and sings:

This is a cool old cartoon from 1933 that features Cab Calloway and his orchestra playing St. James Infirmary Blues:

     Flute                    Saxophone                  Clarinet