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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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Inspirational Uses of Website for ...

Youth - history, music appreciation, term papers, theses.

Sr. Citizens - treat someone (w/o computer access) to a website visit.

Music Charts

Louie Bellson Big Band Library

Full arrangements

Titles now available: 50

• “Skin Deep”

• “Hawk Talks”

• “Intimacy of the Blues”

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"Hear Here!"

Hear sound clips from the last CDs.
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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

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At the Movies w/ Louie Bellson 

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Video Qty to date: 19 & growing!


“Skin Deep”

From Pete York's Super Drumming series Volume 1, 1987/88.  

I came across this video of Louie playing "Skin Deep" (viewed best on fullscreen). 

It's the clearest, most detailed videography of Louie I've ever seen!  --Mrs. B


“The Hawk Talks”

Louie Bellson with Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1952/5

Louie Bellson composed "The Hawk Talks" while in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.








Bellson w/ Carmen Miranda & Benny Goodman in The Gang's All Here (1943)


Louie is best seen at 1:25 and from 2:00 - 2:40 and 3:00 - 3:50. But just sit back and enjoy the whole lavish Busby Berkeley extravaganza! 






Buddy Rich Meets Louis Bellson

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Drum battle playing "Groovin' Hard" - Composition/Arrangement by Don Menza.



"Why Don't You Do Right?"

Louie Bellson, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman Band, Stage Door Canteen, 1943

From the 1943 film, Stage Door Canteen.  Notice Bellson’s fancy stick twirls over Goodman's shoulder (:20) at the beginning. (Pretty confident stuff for those "1-take and shoot" times, wouldn't you say?)


"The Louie Bellson Song"

Composed & performed by bassist Jay Leonhart, The Bass Lesson, 2003    
Longtime Bellson friend bassist Jay Leonhart relates a confrontational incident at a society gig where the Louie Bellson Band was playing.

(Liked that? You should obtain the full DVD.)

The Bass Lesson - DVD Jay Leonhart's one man musical comedy as shown on PBS. Jay plays the bass and sings his songs. Click here to buy the DVD/CD thru CD Baby.com.


"That's How Jazz Was Born"

Louie Bellson, Benny Goodman, et. al., A Song Is Born, 1948

Watch young Louie Bellson (23) back Virginia Mayo and Louis Armstrong in this clip from the 1948 film, A Song Is Born, playing "That's How Jazz was Born." Get movie/DVD on Amazon: (click) http://www.amazon.com/Song-Born-Danny-Kaye/dp/B001PPLINW/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1


"Stealin' Apples"

Louie Bellson, Benny Goodman, et. al., A Song Is Born, 1948

Watch clip from the 1948 film, A Song Is Born.  Bellson is playing drums in the background on "Stealin' Apples". (Text by permission from JazzWax.com 9-10-07) 


"All the Cats Join In"

Benny Goodman Band, Make Mine Music  circa 1944. 

Bellson provides the drumming with Benny Goodman & the Pied Pipers for this delightful clip from the Disney animated film Make Mine Music Enjoy! (Animator: Fred Moore)


“Minnie's In the Money”

Louie Bellson with Benny Goodman Orchestra in The Gang's All Here (1943)  

Dig Bellson, age 19, drumming behind Benny Goodman's "Minnie's in the Money" from The Gang's All Here, directed by Busby Berkeley (1943). Check the "LB" on the drums above the "BG". Dy-no-mite dancing!!


American Idol -- (Well, sort of!)

QUESTION: What drummer was idolized by Louie Bellson?   ANSWER: Animal!

Animal Super Drum Solo


Animal Interviewed by Kermit


“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” Drum Solo

Louie Bellson & his Big Band Explosion from the Cork Jazz Festival 1980, play his solo from the Explosion album. Says the fan posting this video, "In terms of power and sheer stamina, Louie was the man!"


“Don’t Be That Way”

Louie Bellson with Benny Goodman Orchestra, 1985

Let's Dance - Don't Be That Way, Oct 7, 1985 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Clarinet:Benny Goodman Piano:Dick Hyman Drums:Louis Bellson Bass:Bob Haggart Guitar:James Chirillo Tenor Sax:Ken Peplowski, Loren Schoenberg Alto Sax:Chuck Wilson, Jack Stuckey Baritone Sax:Danny Bank Trombone:Eddie Bert, Bobby Pring, Matt Finders Trumpet:Paul Cohen, Randy Sandke, John Eckert, Laurie Frink.


Clark Terry & Louie Bellson: Improv Workshop

 Louie Bellson with Clark Terry at Tri-C Jazz Fest, Cleveland, 1985 
Trumpeter Clark Terry and Percussionist Louie Bellson discuss improvisation and demonstrate the importance of listening/playing musically within a group. 
Dr. Thom Horning, Moderator; Willard Jenkins, Producer.


Bellson plays his Custom Billy Gladstone Snare Drum

 Bellson giving a clinic at the Hollywood Vintage Drum Show, 1999   

Louie Bellson, while giving a clinic at the 1999 Hollywood Vintage Drum Show, is reunited with his Billy Gladstone Custom Snare Drum. Billy Gladstone was the featured percussionist at Radio City Music Hall during the years 1932 to 1950. After leaving the Music Hall, he built some 60 custom snare drums in the 1950's, of which only about 43 remain today. Bellson's drum was built in 1956. Bellson notes that his Gladstone drum was originally supplied to him with gut snares. The drum in this video is fitted with wire snares but since has been restored to gut. Host: Kerry Crutchfield. Posted by: Chet Falzerano.


Louie Bellson, Pearl Bailey and Arthur Fiedler

 Bellson & wife Pearl Bailey perform at the The Boston Pops Orchestra, 1975 
1. "Smile"

2. "Cabaret"


Louie Bellson Big Band Explosion plays "Carnaby Street"


From March 18, 1983 TV show "Pearl Bailey & Friends," featuring Louie & Pearl, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, tap-dancer Charles 'Honi' Coles, et. al. (recorded at Centre College, Danville, KY)

Tip: Must turn volume up on this one.


Louie Bellson Trio, Milt Hinton, bass, George Wein, piano

Berne Jazz Festival, Berne Switzerland, 1994


NAMM Interview - In His Own Words

Louie Bellson was interviewed as one of the first subjects of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Oral History Program.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . COMING ATTRACTIONS . . . . . . . . . .

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