‘Happy Birthday’ rewritten as a jazz piano odyssey is exceptionally cool

8 February 2017, 14:32

happy birthday jazz arrangement

This super-inventive jazz arrangement of ‘Happy Birthday’ is the piece you need to learn before your mum’s next birthday.

Everyone knows ‘Happy Birthday’, right? And the musicians among you may have even tried that ‘sing the last phrase a third above the tune’ to make yourself look clever in group situations. We know who you are.

But have you ever turned this perennial tune into a barnstorming jazz showstopper with an irresistible walking bass line? Probably not.

But Jacob Koller has. And it sounds utterly great.

You can download the sheet music for his natty arrangement here, and check out his website here.

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