Who is Mrs. B?
The Indomitable Mrs. Bellson
Mrs. Bellson, nee Francine Wright, was an Earlham/Harvard/M.I.T. educated physicist/engineer working in Silicon Valley (Calif.) when she met Louie Bellson on a Jazz Cruise in '91. They married in '92.
They traveled the world, he performing and recording, and she selling and creating memorabilia for the gigs. She eventually became his manager, publicist and photographer. She developed the document "Gig Guidelines" which Louie hailed as a godsend and was modeled after by other artists.
She produced Bellson's last two CDs, "The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson & the Jazz Ballet" and "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" on his Percussion Power label.
C.T. & L.B. collaborating on their last joint project: the album "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" (produced by Mrs. B). The three are pictured here at the 2007 NYC recording session.
Subsequent to Bellson's Feb, 2009 passing, Mrs. B became archivist and manager of both the Louie Bellson and Pearl Bailey estates including handling royalties, permissions, etc.
Further, she has since returned to her Silicon Valley roots where she is active in engineering society, technical and faith activities. She has tutored in physics and developed a math curriculum for her Church's Youth Writing & Math Skills Workshop.
The Physicist & the Percussionist
NOTE: Mrs. B was an Earlham / Harvard / M.I.T. educated physicist / engineer when she and Bellson married (1992).
Mr. & Mrs. Bellson developed a joint talk entitled, “The Physicist & the Percussionist" which they performed at school events nationwide. An inspirational career presentation exploring the relationship between music and science, it was always enthusiastically received by both students and parents alike.
Mrs. B Unveils Memorials
WQAD-TV News story on May 20, 2010. Unveiling of the Louie Bellson Monument in his boyhood home and final resting place of Moline, Illinois (Quad-Cities).
Watch Newsclip >>
Bellson Oil Portrait
Watch 4 min. video clip of Mrs. B at the unveiling of the stunning portrait of Louie Bellson by artist Michael Del Priore. Chicago Drum Show coordinator Rob Cook presides (May 18, 2013)
Drum Wife #1
Mrs. B coined the term "Drum Wife" (and "Drum Mom") and created products bearing the name and clever byline (which can be viewed on the SHOP page).
In collaboration with Bellson Librarian Albert Alva and Bellson Band Director Terry Loose, Mrs. B coordinated and made available for sale Charts of Louie Bellson Big Band Arrangements. (see Charts page)
The Louie Bellson Legacy Channel on YouTube
(click image to access)
Mrs. B developed the YouTube Channel in 2015. Now you can …
+ Listen to Bellson tunes (partial or entire albums) on YouTube.
+ Use these tunes (legally!) as soundtracks in YOUR videos of family/friends, etc.
+ Use these tunes to make YOUR video of Bellson compositions.
So, get your creative juices flowing and post your creations to YouTube!
Let us know at email@example.com .
From time to time, Mrs. B will post links to miscellaneous articles/video clips readers will find interesting and inspirational.
Presentation on 30th Anniv. of Challenger Space Shuttle Tragedy
Speech given by Francine Bellson at the Jan 14, 2016 meeting of the IEEE Silicon Valley Technical History Committee, San Jose, Calif.
Mrs. B remembers Challenger Mission Specialist Dr. Ronald McNair Black History Month presentation at Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Jose, Calif. (2-7-16)
Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"
Bet you've never heard Gershwin explained like this! Bellson, who knew Gershwin well, would heartily approve.
The Legacy Continues
At age 3, while watching a parade, little Louie Bellson pointed his finger at the drum section marching by, telling his father, "That's what I want to play!"
In my minds eye, I can picture that the next few months in the Bellson home must have been something like this:
We thank Andre's mom for sending this. P.S. D'ja notice the shirt?
Comments on this ("Mrs. B") page
Here are excerpts of remarks rec'd. Add your comments on the GuestBook page.
- "I never knew that you were Harvard/MIT educated. Well, no wonder Louie was so darn smart!" --B.M.
- "You're a physicist!??? How completely interesting!" --H.S.
- "Love that animation about Ron McNair and the library." --K.P.
- "Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing so much of Lou's work with all of us." --A.W.