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St. Thomas

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This is a nice, easy latin tune by Sonny Rollins.  It is a very good tune for beginners, but it is a nice tune for musicians at any level to blow over. This tune first appeared on Sonny Rollins’ 1956 record, “Saxophone Colossus.”

For some great left-hand piano voicings to use on St. Thomas, go to:

For Sonny Rollins’ Solo Transcription of St. Thomas, go to:

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Camden Hughes
Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


  1. First of all,I would like to thank you for this valuable musical and historical resource.I learned a lot from this,and would be recommending this site to my colleagues.
    St. Thomas,although it does have a hint of Latin,is more (in my humble opinion)influenced by Calypso Music(a music born in the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago,but is sometimes used to represent all of the Caribbean),it’s a favorite among Jazz enthusiasts in the Caribbean as all can identify with it’s infectious Calypso influence,it’s also a must have in the repertoire of any Calypso/Jazz fusion band here in Trinidad & Tobago.
    Once again,thank you for dedicating your time and knowledge(the research for this site couldn’t have been easy),your site can provide us here with an insight we could use as augmentation,please continue to do so,i would be looking at this with quite and keen interest.
    Thank you
    Best Regards


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