A Guide To Help You Play Better Jazz Piano

Ron Drotos

History and overview:
“C’est Si Bon” is a French song that has long been a favorite of jazz musicians. Composed in 1947 by Henri Betti and André Hornez, it also has English lyrics which were written three years later, in 1950, by Jerry Seelen.

Here are some recommended recordings/videos:
(for international readers who may not have access to these YouTube links, I’ve indicated the original album names wherever possible so you can listen to them on music streaming services, etc.)

Louis Armstrong

Listen to how beautifully Armstrong plays the melody and embellishes it here. If you learn to do this yourself, you’ll find yourself in demand as a jazz pianist!

Buddy Collette

Michel Legrand Orchestra

Musical ideas and jazz piano practice tips:
Treat “C’est Si Bon” as you would any other medium-swing jazz standard. Harmonically, it starts on a iim7 chord and remains in the home key of Bb major for the ‘A’ Sections. The bridge provides contrast by immediately starting in Gb major before returning to Bb during the last 4 bars. The tune ends with an 8-measure tag after the final ‘A’ Section.

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”

Further links and resources:
C’est Si Bon playalong track

C’est Si Bon: Journey Through The Real Book #51

The Best Way To Use The Real Book

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