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Tunes that'll knock your socks off!

In His Own Words

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Watch Louie Bellson discuss his beloved mentor, Duke Ellington in “Reminiscing In Tempo.”

At the 1981 Bands of America Grand National Championship. Louie was featured performing with the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and co-hosted the TV broadcast.

While giving a clinic at the Hollywood Vintage Drum Show, Bellson is pleased to be reunited with his Billy Gladstone Custom Snare Drum.

(1995 & 2003)
Watch Louie Bellson in these two interviews by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants -- Oral History Program.

Hear Bellson’s 8 extensive interviews as conducted by the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, a part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Louie Bellson is interviewed by Paul Chiaravalle, President of Chiaravalle & Associates at IAJE (Int'l Assn. for Jazz Educators) re: The Rich Matteson Foundation.

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. . . . Drummer . . . . Bandleader . . . . Composer . . . . Arranger . . . . Clinician . . . . Inventor . . . . Author . . . . Recording Artist . . . . Grammy Nominee . . . . NEA Jazz Master . . . . An American Legend . . . .

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Music Charts

Louie Bellson Big Band Library

Full arrangements

Titles now available: 50

• “Skin Deep”

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• “Intimacy of the Blues”

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"Hear Here!"

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History Lessons

New Bellson-related media


and the Music that Changed America.
By Jeff Kaufman (Film)

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THE CENTURY PROJECT - 100 Years of American Music
from behind the drums. By Daniel Glass (2DVD set)

LB90 T-Shirt - Just Released!

“Celebrate a Maestro”

LB90 design on military green T-shirt

Unveiled at NAMM 2015

Power Wrist Builders booth


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THE SHOP at Bellsonia

Exciting items from our revamped store.


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Bellson in Others' Books

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Book by Bill Dal Cerro featuring Louie Bellson et. al.
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Released at the Chicago Vintage Drum Show, May 2012.

Rebeats Publications unveiled this exciting biography of big band drummer Ed Shaughnessy of “Tonight Show” fame.  Written by Shaughnessy with Robin Flans, the book is a  fascinating read into the history of both the man and the times.  Extensive references to Louie Bellson et. al. throughout.

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Just released at the Chicago Vintage Drum Show, May 2012!
Rebeats Publications unveiled this exciting biography of big band drummer Ed Shaughnessy of “Tonight Show” fame.  Written by Shaughnessy with Robin Flans, the book is a  fascinating read into the history of both the man and the times.  Extensive references to Louie Bellson et. al. throughout.<font size="1" face="arial"><i>
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Shown here with Mrs. B, Zoro includes endearing references to Louie Bellson, et. al. in the book.


The Big Gig is an intriguing and comprehensive insider’s guide for independent musicians ... And much more! “The Big Gig” is a metaphor for ...life! ... Zoro provides a template for success – for everyone, regardless of career – by covering the vocational, personal and spiritual aspects of achievement.

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Compelling from cover to cover, this is the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time. With unsparing honesty and a superb eye for detail, Clark Terry, takes us from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where jazz could be heard everywhere, to the smoke-filled small clubs and carnivals across the Jim Crow South where he got his start, and on to worldwide acclaim.  Behind the scenes of jazz history, he introduces Louie Bellson and scores of other legendary greats--Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Dianne Reeves, et. al. Terry also reveals much about his own personal life, his experiences with racism, how he helped break the color barrier in 1960 when he joined The Tonight Show band on NBC.

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Released at PASIC Nov 2010. The long awaited new book by the inimitable Lennie DiMuzio ... The man ... who is responsible for the cymbal sound of practically every major drummer of the last half century, tells the story of his life in the industry ... If it had anything to do with drums and drummers, Lennie was there and has a tale to tell. Incls. one entire chapter (20) on Louie.


“Lennie DiMuzio is the only guy besides me who knows the individual sound I’m after.”                                              Louis Bellson

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STICKS ‘n’ SKINS HIGH ON MUSIC LOVERS GIFT LIST! Featuring Louie Bellson & over 500 drummers. Book debut - Oct 2009.

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Sticks ‘n’ Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming





A compilation of Thierry Peremarti's "At home with..." columns, originally published in the French jazz magazine -Jazzman- from 1999 to 2009, has been published as a book. Louie Bellson was one of the interview subjects at his home in southern Calif. What a treat for our French-speaking fans!


Visiting Jazz: Quand les jazzmen Américains ouvrent leur porte (broché)

Langue de livre : Français


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In the new biography of pianist Theolonious Monk by historian Robin Kelley, jazz contemporary Louie Bellson appears with Monk in a Columbia University program which turned out to be "an experience in living history." (p. 181-2)

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original


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