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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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• 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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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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2019 Drumhead Magazine honors Elvin, Louie, Mitch, Papa Jo



Drumhead Legends, vol. 3
Special Commemorative Issue

Elvin Jones • Louie Bellson • Mitch Mitchell • Papa Jo Jones 

Their Story
Their Impact
Their Legacy
Their Gear

Untold Stories! Unpublished Photos!

Style & Analysis, Transcriptions, Recommended Listening & more.


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This just in! -- DRUM COFFEE SHOP with Bellson blend 
(Fitz & The Tantrums) Drummer John Wicks and his wife Jenna created this Italian inspired, espresso bar and bakery with an online presence as well.  DRUM COFFEE has a star-driven backstory!


Order Louie Bellson, Elvin Jones, etc. coffee ONLINE!!  Go to http://www.drumcoffeemt.com/



Jazz & the Italian American Experience 
Exciting new book featuring Louie Bellson et. al.
For info, click pic or: ItaliansInJazz




  Jazz historian Marc Myers is host of www.JazzWax.com, an excellent blog dedicated to legendary Jazz recordings.
LB Interview, pt. 1 (9/10/07)
LB Interview, pt. 2 (9/11/07)
"Louie & Clark Expedition 2" CD Review (2/14/08)
LB Obit (2/16/09)
Video: "Meet Mr. Jazz Wax - Marc Myers" (or click photo)^


Remo, Inc. 

Drumset: Gold Crown 

Heads: Coated Ambassador 





Snare: Louie Bellson Limited Edition Snare Drum




Avedis Zildjian Co. 

Cymbals: Louie Bellson Cymbal Configuration
Sticks: Louie Bellson Artist Series Model Drumsticks - available at our SHOP


Mike Balter Mallets 
Sticks, brushes, mallets. Louie Bellson Drumset Mallet Series, incl. jingle sticks.


DW Drums - Hardware 

Bellson used DW Hardware Series 9000 pedals. (click logo)


XL Specialty Percussion - Steve Weiss Music 

Rotational molded Protechtor cases available for drums, cymbals, world percussion, accessory and marching percussion instruments.


Alfred Publishing 
Books, DVDs, etc. written/performed by Bellson. (click/select any icon)

Anthony J. Cirone - Website 

Rhythm Books, Videos, Masterclasses.
Watch Free Introductory Video 






Drum Channel Website 
drumchannel.com (click logo)






Percussion Power 
Hear sound clips and purchase CDs produced on Percussion Power, Bellson's independent label. 
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Fundraising Plan from Percussion Power 


Sell Bellson items to help raise funds for your group.

Church ~ School ~ Club

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Christian Jazz Artists Network 
Bellson was inducted as an honorary member of the CJA Network in 2007. (Click left photo for Nov '07 interview. Click right logo for his CJA Artist page.)


VINTAGE DRUM GUIDE – The History of Vintage Drums 
Vintage drum collectors resource (literature, drum keys, heads, sticks and everything associated with drumming). For featured Bellson page, click photo.


The Favorite Site for Drum Collectors and Enthusiasts


Drummers For Jesus 
Bellson was the first inductee into the DFJ Hall of Excellence in Feb 2007. (click photo for DFJ website)


Virtual Drummer School 

The Virtual Drummer School (Spain) is an interactive learning system that features many great international drummers. The wide-ranging curriculum includes interactive lessons/demos, assessment tools, ethnic music focus, etc.


Big Band Library.com 
Big Band News compiled by music librarian Christopher Popa. "Bellson is Back" (July 2006) Illinois tour. (Click image for article.)
Sticks ‘n’ Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming 
  Featuring Louie Bellson & over 500 drummers. Book debut - Oct 2009.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Silicon Valley 
Annual MLK Luncheon, vendor booth. Bellson admired & honored King by composing a Suite, 'The Magic Six,' in which he offers musical portraits of King Hussein of Jordan and Dr. Martin Luther King as well as Benny Carter, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
Downbeat Magazine 
(left) Review of "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" by Kirk Sillsbee, June 2008, p. 81.
(right) Article on James Brown/Louie Bellson re-release of "Soul on Top". Nov 2004.


JazzTimes Magazine 
Review of "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" by Steve Futterman, 6/2008 (Click cover)


Modern Drummer Magazine
Dec 2004 issue celebrating Bellson's 80th birthday.


Classic Drummer Magazine
Fall 2005. Click pic & page down to issue #20.
Radio Airplay (online radio)  
 (formerly "Jango")
Custom radio that plays what you want.
Discover new music you're likely to love.
Radio Airplay is a FREE online radio station where you can select/listen to music of any/all types. 
You create your own station!
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Louie Bellson Artist Store on Amazon 






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Louie Bellson Artist Store on CDBaby 

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Psst!  SECRET TIP:  Order 3 or more CDs -- only $5 each!  (CD Baby has 100's of titles!)



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