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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.”

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

Watch Louie Bellson in this lively interview 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.

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

Website ~ Tips

Navigation bar (at top) - Go to pages & subpages.


Sidebar (on left) - Useful links.  Displays on all pages.


Links (all site) - Nearly all title bars, photos & underlined                               words are clickable links to further info.

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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• According to chart size/use.

• Includes repro, assembly. Shipping cost separate.

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Conductor Guides: <-- Now Available!

"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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For more items, visit (click) the SHOP page.


THE SHOP at Bellsonia

Exciting items from our revamped store.


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incl. music, charts, shirts, bags, art, metal sticks, books, etc.


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Welcome to the Bellson Beat!

Celebrating 90 years

of the Enduring works of LOUIE BELLSON


Louie Bellson was deemed “the world’s greatest musician” by Duke Ellington, “the epitome of musical talent and a very gifted composer and arranger” by Oscar Peterson, and “the best person I ever met” by Tony Bennett.

He performed on more than 200 albums with a range of artists, including Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Oscar Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Bellson's first wife Pearl Bailey.

Bellson composed more than 1,000 pieces and wrote a dozen books on drums and percussion. He received the prestigious American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. He was also the recipient of awards from ASCAP and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was a six-time Grammy nominee, and held four honorary doctorates.


For full bio, click Bio & Beyond page.

For more quotes with photos, click Celebrity Quotes subpage.

Then, write your say in the Guestbook.


~ Explore A Remarkable Life ~

Take the adventure!  Navigation bar & Sidebar accessible from all pages.

From Youth . . .              to Legend . . .


. . . The Beat Goes On !


Whether Hometown . . . 


"Louie Bellson: Hometown Hero" 

Bellson never forgot his roots, in the Q-C area (Moline/Rock Island, IL) where he invented the double-bass drum in his Moline High School Art class in 1941. (left)

During his career, he was a frequent visitor, as shown (on right) with fascinated Q-C youth during a drum clinic. 


. . . National . . . 

Click below to watch Bellson perform the third movement of his composition

"East Side Suite" on The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson. (1992)

. . . or International, . . . 


Bellson Site-Seeing Around the World

Displays, Exhibits, Artifacts

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. . . It's all here!

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Click candle for In Memoriam page (Louie; widow; Dee Dee; portrait).




 The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

 Louie & Clark Expedition 2



 The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

 Louie & Clark Expedition 2


CD Baby

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(June 2015)

Announcing ... !

The Louie Bellson Legacy Channel on YouTube

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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!

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