Bud Powell, « Celia »

First Published in 2014, revised in march 2021 – ------Article publié en 2014, révisé en mars 2021

Celia is a nice and challenging « be-bop » tune written by great jazz pianist Bud Powell in dedication to his daughter.


Bud Powell Celia Jazz Giant 1950
Bud Powell, « Jazz Giant » (1950)


Bud Powell’s CELIA : Lead Sheet

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The « embellishments » and « appoggiaturas » played by Bud Powell are only indicated in the piano lead sheet (C instrument part, in small size). It may (should) change from a musician to another. The goal is to make your own versions or switching between these different options. Have fun !


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CELIA : Harmony

As usual, with « old » standards or jazz tunes, there are some question marks about few chords changes or notes :

  • Bar 5 : is seems that B.P himself sometimes plays Db-7, sometimes Db7 or G7alt.

  • Bridge : the D7 chord (V7 of G-) is sometimes played for two bars instead of the complete II / V.


BUD POWELL : Other ressources

Celia - Bud Powell Transcription
Celia – Bud Powell Transcription


CELIA – cover versions

Kenny Kirkland
(1991, The Verve)

Benny Green, « That’s Right »
(1993, Blue Note Records)

Chick Corea, « Remembering Bud Powell » – Piano Solo
(1997, Stretch Records)

Lage Lund « Early Songs »
(2009 Criss Cross)


BONNE ÉCOUTE & BON JEU ! ____________________ENJOY & HAVE FUN !