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In His Own Words

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(1974)
Watch Louie Bellson discuss his beloved mentor, Duke Ellington in “Reminiscing In Tempo.”



(1981)
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.



(1999)
While giving a clinic at the Hollywood Vintage Drum Show, Bellson is pleased to be reunited with his Billy Gladstone Custom Snare Drum.



(2003)
Watch Louie Bellson in this lively interview by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants -- Oral History Program.


(2005)
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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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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History Lessons

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THE SAVOY KING - Chick Webb
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)



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Books by Bellson

and co-authors

Book w/CD: SOLOS & DUETS FOR SNARE DRUM (2010)


 

Collection of Snare Drum Solos & Duets

Released at PASIC Nov 2010. Alfred Music Publishing is proud to present a special collection of Medium to Medium-Difficult snare drum solos and duets. Written by the late jazz drumming legend Louie Bellson (1924-2009), the exclusive collection includes some of the last few snare drum solos he ever wrote.

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Alfred Music Publishing

 

  

 

Book: CONTEMPORARY BRUSH TECHNIQUES (2006)


 

A complete introduction to all styles of brush playing, this volume includes conventional brush strokes, Latin brushes, special effects, solo exercises, rock beats, and a stereo recording of Louie Bellson demonstrating each example, concluding with a ten-minute drumset solo.


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Alfred Music Publishing


 

 

 

Book: ODD TIME READING TEXT (1999)


 

Now a standard in music education literature, this in-depth study takes the fear out of playing in time signatures other than 4/4. In a methodical manner, this book aids in rounding out any player's rhythmic and reading vocabulary. Perfect for all musicians wanting to play odd times with ease.


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Alfred Music Publishing


 

 

 

Book w/CD: THEIR TIME WAS THE GREATEST! (1997)


 

Louie Bellson Honors 12 Super-Drummers

Using the music from Louie's album "Their Time Was the Greatest", this book/CD package offers the chance to play along with the hand-written charts as if you were the drummer during the actual recording of the album.

Note: No longer available thru Mrs. B's Giftshop.


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Alfred Music Publishing


 

 

 

Book: KINGDOM OF RHYTHM (1997)


 

For eight players plus bass and piano. The great jazz drummer Louie Bellson has composed an original work for percussion ensemble in the true big band style. Instrumentation: standard percussion ensemble instruments with bass and piano, plus extensive solos for drum set, djembe, tubanos, and pandiero.

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Alfred Music Publishing     Amazon


 

Book w/CD: THE MUSICAL DRUMMER (1993)


Using the seven lead sheets from the songs on his classic video, The Musical Drummer, Louie discusses and explains the performance skills needed in playing each piece. With an actual drum chart following the lead sheet, the performer can analyze Louie's interpretation of the song. A series of exercises are then presented which help develop the difficult sections of each song. As a special bonus, an introduction to double bass drumming is provided. Double bass drum beginning studies, rudiments and coordination exercises are all introduced.

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Alfred Music Publishing


 

Book: MODERN READING TEXT IN 4/4 (1985)


This book has become a classic in all musicians' libraries for rhythmic analysis and study. Designed to teach syncopation within 4/4 time, the exercises also develop speed and accuracy in sight-reading with uncommon rhythmic figures. A must for all musicians, especially percussionists interested in syncopation.

 


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Alfred Music Publishing