How’s your *BQ?
You’ll find answers to these easy facts (birth, awards, etc.) on the Bio & Beyond Page.
1. City of birth? City of teen yrs?
2. Notable Invention while in High School?
3. Nationwide competition that springboarded him into public recognition?
4. Name 4 movies he performed in.
5. Whom did Bellson consider as his musical maestro?
6. Name the 4 colleges which awarded Bellson Honorary Doctorates.
7. Name the CD Bellson recorded with James Brown.
8. Name the TV show Bellson served as music director for his 1st wife.
9. Name the career presentation Bellson developed with his 2nd wife.
10. What other instrument did his father insist he learn? Why?
11. What was his 1st paid gig?
12. Name 3 early drummers who inspired Bellson.
13. What did he do during WWII?
14. What famous bandleader fired Bellson because Bellson’s drum solo was getting more applause than the bandleader’s?
15. What was “The Great James Robbery”?
Score / Rating
1 to 9 / Fan
10 to 12 / Devotee
13 to 15 / True Bellsonian!
Memorial Day Remembrances
Josh Duffee & son Chauncey visit the Louie Bellson Memorial in Moline, Illinois.
A loyal Bellson admirer and proponent of music heritage, Duffee played a vintage field snare drum at the dedication of the Monument in May, 2010.
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 50-sec Newsclip >>
Post your remembrances on the Guestbook page.
Moline Heritage Walking Tour incls. Bellson Music Co.
May 14, at the exact location of the former Bellson Music Co., 1711 5th Ave., Moline Illinois.
Here, during the tour, local musician Josh Duffee gave demonstrations on the work of drummer Louie Bellson, whose father (Louis, Sr.) had owned the store which employed all the Bellson children. Check out the flyer for music lessons at prices hard to beat!
Announcing ... !
The Louie Bellson Legacy Channel on YouTube
(click image to access)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Smithsonian Institute Announces a $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman’s “Big Band” Painting.
Mrs. B got exited when she saw the thumbnail of this painting of famous jazz musicians, thinking the drummer depicted might be Louie Bellson. Click pic (& click again) to reveal the identity of players shown.
In Switzerland, a musician searches for the ‘Holy Grail’ of instruments (click title to read article)
by David Rowell
Washington Post, March 20, 2015
While searching for a new world percussion instrument, the author makes reference to the Louie Bellson room at the Hotel Innere Inge in Berne, Switzerland.
The Louie Bellson Suite hotel room display is decorated with extensive memorabilia. (artifacts supplied by Mrs. B)
See our Honor > Site-Seeing page. (click)
The Bellson Beat extends its deepest condolences to Gwen and the Terry family.
Louie Bellson and Clark Terry were truly "best buds," as they recorded and performed on numerous albums and tours. (Perhaps you attended? Let us know.)
They loved collaborating on their last joint project: the album "Louie & Clark Expedition 2" (produced by Mrs. B). The three are pictured (above) at the 2007 NYC recording session.
Click: Louie & Clark Expedition 2
Get / play some L&C music to inspire you while writing your remembrance in the Guestbook.
Thank you for your consideration.
LB90 design on military green T-Shirt
Unveiled & Available at NAMM 2015
Power Wrist Builders (booth #3472)
Click, then click again for huge view -->
Today, theaters release the new James Brown movie GET ON UP.
Explore the Louie Bellson / James Brown Connection
which led to their 1969 LP
SOUL ON TOP (direct link)
as well as to their 2006 reunion concert at the Hollywood Bowl (direct link).
(Were you there?)
What did "the Musical Drummer" have in common
with "the Godfather of Soul"?
Have your say! Guestbook.
Want the 2008 CD? Amazon
Located at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, the Fillius Jazz Archive is a collection of videotaped interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers & critics. Link added to BIO & BEYOND pg.
READ Comprehensive (15-page) interview of Louie Bellson by Fillius Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe on April 12, 1996 at the Sarasota (Fla.) Jazz Festival.
Click pic for Transcript & link to Audio. --->
The 90th Anniversary of Jazz Great LOUIE BELLSON
(We’re observing LB90 all year)
Join the Celebration!
Starting Today -- Radio Tributes
The 90th Anniversary of An American Legend
Louie Bellson Legacy
(We’re celebrating LB90 all year)
Join the Celebration!
• Radio Tributes July 6
Listeners – Hear special programming on Bellson’s birthday, July 6.
Urge your local station to plan Bellson tribute during month of July.
Stations - Get comp album downloads - Contact Mrs. Bellson at email@example.com.
• Explore the Website
Louie Bellson Legacy – A treasure trove of Bellsonia – music, history, video clips, shopping.
A venerable resource for educators/researchers of all ages. Bio & Beyond page.
Share your thoughts with other Bellson enthusiasts on the Guestbookpage.
Join our Email list.
• Bellson Site-Seeing
• Big Band Charts
Musicians – Order Louie Bellson Big Band Charts for your band. Chartspage.
• Bellsonia Souvenirs
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!
This is from Pete York's "Super Drumming" series Volume 1, 1987/88.
Pharrell William's "Happy" is the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song performed at the Academy Awards program March 2.
Watch here as one of Mrs. B’s DrumMoms presents her 4-yr old son Andre' deftly covering the tune.
Mrs. B: "Well, it certainly made me 'Happy'!"
(Louie started at 3. The legacy continues!)
Comments? Join others on the Guestbook page. (click)
here's a little tune, "It's That Time of Year" that Louie Bellson wrote, performed and
... sings?! Hmm, let's see ...
(click album to listen) -->
From Louie's lips to your ears,
his words of wisdom are a great way to start off the New Year.
Enjoy www.louiebellson.com all year long!
Does this song (or website) give you a lift? Let us know in the Guestbook.
Mrs. B and the Bellson Beat
Percussive Arts Society Int'l Convention, Nov 14-16, Indianapolis
Mrs. B goes to PASIC
... with PASIC for all … men, women and children!
(Tip: Click collage, then click again for full screen.)
Louie Bellson Legacy at the Power Wrist Builder's Booth.
Notice: Someone made a purchase at Mrs. B's table that was later turned in to Lost & Found. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, identify the item and I will ship it to you free of charge. --Mrs. B
Mrs. B at the San Jose Jazz Festival (Aug 9-10)
Fri—DRUM! Night featuring Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, and Jason Bittner.
Louie Bellson Legacy display—new products incl. Drummer Ts, DrumWife/Mom bags, aprons, etc. http://louiebellson.info/mrs_bs_gift_shop/ Bellson metal practice drumsticks http://louiebellson.info/power_wrist_builders/Sat—Mrs. B welcomes Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio to SJ with art print of drummers & other gifts. http://drlonniesmith.com/
Sat—Mrs. B captures meeting of Dr. Lonnie Smith & Ben Vereen, backstage, before Vereen’s “Diabetes Doesn’t Hold Me Back” concert. http://www.standfordiabetes.org/
(pic 1) Mrs. B thanks the hundreds of visitors who warmly received her as she sold Bellson items at the Power Wrist Builders booth. Items included Louie Bellson Big Band Charts, Bellson signature PWB Sticks, Drum Art, Drum T's, and the latest Drum Wife/Mom T-shirts (designed by Mrs. B).
(pic 2) Bellson Commemorative Snare, anyone?
(pic 3) Formal presentation of this stunning oil painting of Louie Bellson by renowned drummer & artist Michael Del Priore, to Mrs. B. She plans eventual donation to museums in Bellson’s native Illinois, and, one day ... the Smithsonian! (more to come) www.DelPriorePortraits.com.
Misc. Notes: Unfortunately, Lennie Dimuzio and Ed Shaughnessy were unable to attend, due to illness. Also, Mrs. B was very saddened to learn of the passings of several of Louie’s colleagues, incl. Neal Graham and Herb Brochstein.
Bellson colleague and friend Robert "RZ" Zildjian, founder of the Sabian Inc. musical cymbal manufacturing company, passed away in Boston at age 89.
Zildjian founded Sabian in 1981 after parting with the family business, Avedis Zildjian Co.
For story, click photo -->
Bellson colleague and friend Tony Cirone writes:
I just launched my new website www.anthonyjcirone.com. Please click on the link and view a complete listing of my publications, including 114 text and resource books, music compositions, and edited texts. You can also listen to Audio Files of selected compo- sitions and can even sign up for a private Skype Internet Lesson.
Note from Mrs. B: Click this photo to watch Free Introductory Video. ^
Jan 23 - Mar 8, 2013
HISTORICAL JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION by Jon Deshler
An historical exhibit of over 60 images of internationally famous jazz notables including the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 1979, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Jack Sheldon, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, LOUIE BELLSON and others.
Feb 28, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 pm ~ ARTIST RECEPTIONValley Performing Arts Center - Gallery
7:30 pm ~ CONCERT
Valley Performing Arts Center - Hall
Calif State Univ Northridge
CSUN Jazz "A" Band, Prof. John Daversa, Director
We were informed today that world-class bass trombonist Mike Wimberly passed away Nov. 21, 2012. A thirty-year veteran of the Louie Bellson Big Band, he played with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and traveled on the road with Buddy Rich.
He recorded with Thelonius Monk and many other greats; was a member of the Della Reese Show band, and played in various all-star jazz orchestras over the years — at the Hollywood Bowl, the Grammies, etc.
Notes of remembrance may be written in the Guestbook.
Also, see Linda Neal's letter written in the Guestbook Feb 10.
Photo by Mrs. B
Have a Swingin' Yule, Y'all!
For your listening pleasure, he're tracks performed (separately) by Dave Brubeck and Louie Bellson on (two releases of) the same compilation album, "A Jazz Christmas -- Hot Jazz for a Cool Night."
Click left CD for Bellson's "Little Drummer Boy." Click right CD for Brubeck's "We Three Kings."
Share your memories of this true jazz icon in the Guestbook.
Below are two of the many jazz compilation albums which include both Brubeck and Bellson.
The third album is The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson & the Jazz Ballet for which Brubeck wrote:
" Congratulations! Psalm 81 tells us to “make a joyful noise” and “bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery” and “blow trumpets.” You have done all of these with your great big band writing, your choral writing, and your drumming. And after the sacred music comes a ballet to make us dance for joy. "
A new portrait of Louie Bellson has been unveiled; this time by celebrated painter, Merryl Jaye.
Merryl began painting portraits of the jazz greats in 2005. Selected for their preeminence in their field, her subjects have been vividly rendered as she captures on canvas the emotion and spontaneity of jazz in live performance. For more, visit Merryl Jaye Studio.
The 8.5x11” art print is available thru Mrs. B’s Giftshop. Or write Mrs. B at email@example.com. Click thumbnail for larger view. -->
Last night, Mrs. B attended a superb performance of The Clayton Brothers Quintet in Santa Clara, California. It was a heartfelt reunion of mutual love and respect the brothers had for Louie Bellson. After the show, the group unveiled their exciting new CD, The Gathering.
The Clayton Brothers Quintet
Terell Stafford, trumpet & flugelhorn
Jeff Clayton, alto sax, oboe, flute
Obed Calvaire, drums
Gerald Clayton, piano
John Clayton, bass
Mrs. B with John and Jeff Clayton;
also with drummer Obed Calvaire.
HOW TO WRITE A FAST & EASY DRUM CHART by Liz Ficalora
A simple 12-step guide to writing a drum chart for cover and original material. This guide is written for the advanced to professional drummer and composer.
Bellson endorsement on cover.
Click cover for more info. -->
Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll
Sat Oct 20, 2012 Moline, Illinois
The shirt, the race, the prize . . .
All part of this energetic fundraiser for music education in Q-C (IL) area schools.
Runners hailing from Sterling, IL to San Diego, CA!!
(click pics for enlarged views) Shirt & Trophy designs by Mrs. B. Trophies (toy drums) crafted by Rob Moon.
Were you there? Please write us a note in the Guestbook.
L.A. Jazz Institute
Big Band Jazz Fest, Los Angeles, Oct 10-14
+ Wearing latest “drum wife” T, Mrs. B w/ Louie Bellson reunion band sax men A. Alva & R. Woodard.
+ Bellson fan sporting new shirt designed/sold by Mrs. B. (Sharp!)
+ Drummer Jeff Hamilton (who drove the Bellson reunion band) accepts gift of 4-drummers Art print.
Did you attend? Please write us a note in the Guestbook.
Remember back in March when Mrs. B urged fans of American Idol to vote for the contestant from her church? (DeAndre Brackensick, a teen with a Hawaiian background)
Well, recently (Oct 7) Mrs. B caught up with DeAndre fresh from the rigors of the American Idol tour as he visited & reunited with the Youth Choir at their Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, California.
Click here to view his self-introduction video.
THE SAVOY KING: CHICK WEBB AND THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA was picked by New York Magazine as one of "The Best Of The Fest" for the 50th New York Film Festival.
Check Calendar page (or click pics below) for Bellson-related events nationwide, including:
Oct 10-14, L.A., Calif. - Groovin' Hard Big-Band Jazz Festival, feat. Louie Bellson tribute band
Oct 20, Moline, Illinois - Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll (race).
Louie Bellson is included in ...
THE CENTURY PROJECT
100 Years of American Music from behind the Drums
by Daniel Glass
". . . a brilliant, fascinating and inspiring film" --Zoro
"The Century Project" takes you on a thrilling journey through 100 years of music history, tracing the story of the drum set from its inception at the end of the Civil War (1865) to the dawn of the British Invasion (1965). Throughout the presentation, Daniel introduces and demonstrates a variety of classic styles and techniques, including double drumming, ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Chicago jazz, classic swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and early rock'n'roll. www.danielglass.com
It never ceases to amaze me who turns out to be a Louie Bellson fan.
At the Chicago Drum Show last year, I sold some Bellson artwork to attendee drummer Joel DeLorge. As you may know, “Gone But Not Forgotten” is an art print of four legendary drummers.
Recently, Joel emailed me that he’d given one of the prints to “great friend and fellow KISS and Alice Cooper drummer Eric Singer last week. Eric was a big fan of Louie, Buddy, Gene, and Chick. He also played with his father's society band while growing up ... I thought I'd share with you the photo taken of us backstage at the KISS concert last week showing off the great art piece.”
Back row: KISS Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer. Front row: Matt Csiszar, Joel DeLorge (holding framed art).
After getting permission to post this photo, Joel added that Eric, “told me he saw Louie in a drum clinic when he younger in 1972-73 in his hometown of Cleveland!”
You never know!
Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll, Oct 20
To honor the memory of Moline, IL native and world acclaimed music legend Louie Bellson, the 3rd annual running of the "Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll" road race will take place in Moline on Sat Oct 20, 2012. Proceeds support music education in Illinois Quad City public schools.
<-- Click the logo to download the Application form and fill it out. Mail your completed form and registration fee to the address given on the form.
Race Hotline: (309) 791-4694
We are currently seeking sponsors for the race, both local and national. Contact: Rob Moon, Race Director firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 288-1168.
Prior Year's Races
>> You've GOT to see these! <<
Eye-witness Photos & Videos by
Despite the rumors . . .
This is not Mrs. B on drums. Repeat. THIS IS NOT MRS. B ON DRUMS!
But she had a ball with Cora Coleman-Dunham and Kenny Aronoff at Drum! Night, Aug 2012 in San Jose.
For more photo report, click: http://www.drummagazine.com/drum-night/post/drum-night-2012-slideshow/
Info/tickets (click) DRUM! Night Website
As part of the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
DRUM! Night is the premier drumming event in Northern California
sponsored annually by DRUM! Magazine.
Featured performers: Kenny Aronoff, Tim Yeung, and Cora Coleman-Dunham.
Extra! Cora Coleman-Dunham will conduct a book-signing session in lobby prior to the show. Her book "Who Am I?" was written for teens & pre-teens; covers life influences, self-esteem, conflict-resolution, etc.
↓our very own San Jose Taiko!
Mrs. B will be an Exhibitor (2nd fl. lobby) w/ Louie Bellson & DrumWife/Mom items.
A family fun event! See you there!
Donated by Bellson's widow, Mrs. B, one of Louie Bellson's drumsets is now on display at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel in Rock Falls, Illinois, his birth city. Double-bass drum set-up above main entry to hotel lobby. Shown here-->
See 6/23/12 article, Rock Falls not ready to forget Louie Bellson.
<-- Watch video of 7/16/12 drum setup on YouTube.
She's been working on it for over a year. In honor of his birthday today, Mrs B is pleased to unveil the dynamic, newly renovated . . .
Hosted by Hostbaby, but powered by Mrs. B!
+ Option to play Bellson original music while browsing
+ Dozens of pages & subpages of Bellsonia to explore
+ Expanded media including Audio, Video, Slideshows
+ Easy access to Bellson charts availability
+ Reference for student inspiration, term papers, theses
After browsing, you're invited to write your comment regarding "any and all things Bellson" into the New Guestbook page.
We appreciate your support,
Mrs. B & the gang at The Bellson Beat
Now there's yet another reason to order delectables from The Cookie Garden.
New box design! Added to the three existing items is the new Monumental Drummers box which holds a dozen humongous cookies. They were Louie's favorites!
Click photo to enlarge. --->
The cookies are individually wrapped and come in a vintage-stamp motif box design, in a scene honoring four famous drummers who inspired each other. The Cookie Garden Click to browse full
drum cookie selection--->
Hot Tip! Use Discount coupon code: CDS2012
LOUIE BELLSON Signature Model Artist Series Ltd. Edition metal drumsticks Just released at the Chicago Vintage Drum Show, May 2012! Power Wrist Builders proudly presented these precision-made metal practice drumsticks. Dedicated to Louie Bellson, each pair is engraved with a unique PWB serial no. and his favorite salutation,
Peace and Love, Louie Bellson
Case and Pad Accessories available (ORDER NOW!) www.powerwristbuilders.com 800-645-6673
LUCKY DRUMMER: from NYC jazz to Johnny Carson Just released at the Chicago Vintage Drum Show, May 2012. Rebeats Publications unveiled this exciting biography of big band drummer Ed Shaughnessy of "The Tonight Show" fame. Written by Shaughnessy with Robin Flans, the book is a fascinating read into the history of both the man and the times. Extensive references to Louie Bellson, et. al. throughout. (ORDER NOW! Click book, photo or REBEATS)
Sad News . . . Louie Bellson's younger brother Tony Bellson, also a renowned drummer, passed away February 20, in Illinois. You may post condolences in the Guestbook. For obit & donation info, visit the Memorial Page set up in his name at the Prostate Cancer Foundation. (click for direct link)
In honor of the 3rd anniv. of his Valentine's Day passing
CHARTS FROM THE LOUIE BELLSON LIBRARY
Full arrangements for big band
- "Skin Deep"
- "Hawk Talks"
- "Intimacy of the Blues"
More titles coming.
According to chart size / use. Includes repro, assembly. Shipping separate.
Request for Quote:
Send inquiry to Mrs. Bellson at email@example.com. Include name / address / phone / title(s) sought / planned use (pro vs. school band)
Record breaking 92,000 attendees!! Mrs. B thanks the hundreds of visitors who warmly received her as she vended Bellson items at the Power Wrist Builders booth. She was delighted that she sold out of the new items she'd unveiled at the Show. Click: Bellson Order Form to browse & order this wonderful selection of gifts.
Hey drummers -- Got a wife? Got a mother? Let her show her pride in you!
"Drum Wife" or "Drum Mom" with a clever byline! (designed by Mrs. B) Now available, just in time for Holiday gift-giving. Your choice of shirt, imprint color and size.
Imprint Color: gold or silver Size: L or XL (spandex)
Click pic or Bellson Order Form for this and other wonderful gifts.
Mrs. B is now offering free MP3's of entire Louie Bellson Percussion Power label CDs. Here's how:
o Present members - Refer a friend to sign up on our website. Tell your friend: 1. Fill out the small box atop any page, 2. Be sure to write â€œRef. by (your name)â€ on the Notes line. 3. You will then be contacted to select your album.
o Non-members - Sign up on Jango (see previous Newsnote)
Custom radio that plays what you want. Discover new music you're likely to love.
Jango is a FREE online radio station where you can select/listen to music of any/all types.
You create your own station! Go there: (click logo) -->
(Or click) Louie Bellson on Jango
Also, can connect thru Facebook, iPhone, Android, etc.
Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll
To honor the memory of Moline native and world acclaimed music legend Louie Bellson, the 2nd annual running of the "Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll" road race took place in Moline, IL Sat Oct 22, 2011. Proceeds go to support music education in Illinois Quad City public schools.
Watch this lively Video Report!
DONATE TO: Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll ~ P.O. Box 805 ~ Moline, IL 61266
One of Bellson's dearest colleagues, Jack J. Hayes, an Oscar-nominated composer and orchestrator who worked on more than 200 films during a Hollywood career that spanned 60 years, died August 24 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He composed several classical works and collaborated with jazz drummer Louis Bellson on numerous jazz and orchestral pieces. Orchestrator Hayes worked on 'The Color Purple,' 'Star Trek'. "The Magnificent Seven" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" for Bernstein, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Days of Wine and Roses" for Mancini, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and "Airport" for Alfred Newman, "In Cold Blood" for Jones, and "Casino Royale" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" for Bacharach. Hayes also composed TV scores, including such Westerns as "Riverboat," "Wagon Train," "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke." Click here for full article in Variety. You may post remembrances in the Guestbook.
Louie Bellson's father-in-law William Wright passed away July 25, in South Carolina. Francine Wright Bellson's father had been a distinguished resident of Washington, DC for over 70 years where he was associated with Afro-American Newspapers, Capitol Cab and his own firm, Capitol Casualty Insurance Co. He was a tireless Trustee of his church. (photo) Wright founded the Taxicab Industry Group and had been appointed to the DC Hacker's License Appeal Board by Mayor Walter Washington. He testified numerous times before Congress regarding the Taxicab Industry. You may post condolences in the Guestbook. Donate or write Mrs. B at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bellson colleague British drummer Eric Delaney passed away July 15, 2011 in London. Share memories in the Guestbook.
Ironically, the Repercussion LP Louie and Eric did together in 1967 had just been re-issued this month on a double CD: "Conversations / Repercussion" with Buddy Rich, Kenny Clare, Louie Bellson and Eric Delaney.
Link to the CD:
(USA) click cover -->
or USA link
(International) click UK link
Bellson colleague and dear friend trumpeter Snooky Young passed away May 11, 2011 in Newport Beach, Calif. Share memories in the Guestbook. For New York Times story, click photo ---> Young played on many Louie Bellson albums and led the trumpet sections of some of the world's most famous big bands including, Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" orchestra with bandleader Doc Severinsen for over 30 years.
On this the 43rd anniv of his passing, see JazzTimes article re: MLK's reflection on the legacy of jazz.
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As previously described (see Jan 17 below), Bellson always admired and honored King as one of "The Magic Six," a musical suite Bellson composed in tribute to his 6 heroes.
The Bellson-King Connection -- Comments? Share your thoughts in the Guestbook.
Ella & Mel perform/present Grammy for "Best Jazz Performance by a Group"
The presenters are “Ella & Mel”. But view this clip of The 18th Grammy Awards Show (1976) for a surprise ending that's sure to delight! (or, fast forward cursor to 4:25)
He gained preeminence as drummer on Dave Brubeck Quartet's historic Take Five (click "Time Out" album cover above). Share your memories in the Guestbook.
Mrs. B's Note: This is unusual, but I feel Morello's "Take Five" drum solo is so huge, akin to Bellson's "Skin Deep" (Videos page) that I've made it available here. Enjoy!
Mrs. B vendor table at: The Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon - a celebration of the life and legacy of the late Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Date/Time: Monday, January 17, 2011 10:30am - 2:30pm Venue: San Jose McEnery Convention Center Ballroom A, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose, CA 95113 (click photo for link to event)
From a 2004 JazzTimes interview: "Bellson's most recent work is an ambitious piece called '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. 'I'm looking forward to having it premiered at USC next season,' Bellson adds. 'I love doing these things. It keeps you busy writing as well as playing.'" The Bellson-King connection -- What say you? Tell us in the Guestbook.
Bellson colleague and friend pianist and broadcaster Billy Taylor passed away Dec 28, 2010 in New York. Share memories in the Guestbook. Historian and spokesman for jazz, Taylor was artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1992, he interviewed Louie Bellson for Charles Kuralt's CBS "Sunday Morning" biopic. For Washington Post Obituary click photo --->
Bellson colleague and dear friend saxophonist James Moody passed away Dec 9, 2010 in San Diego. Share memories in the Guestbook. Moody recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton and B.B. King. For Jazz Times Obituary click photo ---> See videos & read statement from wife Linda Moody on their website JamesMoody.com
Mrs. B attended her M.I.T. Alumni Club talk by authors Lecuyer & Brock on their newly-released book: "The Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor". The presentation and fellow attendees (some with whom she'd worked) took her back to her times as a young research engineer at Fairchild in the early 1970's. Twenty years later, Louie & Francine Bellson gave career presentations entitled "The Physicist & the Percussionist"
Click book for link. -->
Mrs. B thanks the hundreds of visitors who warmly received her as she sold Bellson items at the Power Wrist Builders booth. Of great interest were two Bellson-related books released at PASIC, incl. "Tales from the Cymbal Bag" (with a whole chapter on Louie & Francine Bellson) and Alfred Publishing Company's "Solos & Duets for Snare Drum" by Louie Bellson. Click books for links.
Race Hotline: (309) 752-8429
Bellson colleague and dear friend saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator Buddy Collette passed away Sept 19, 2010 in Los Angeles. Share memories in the Guestbook. Collette helped merge the black and white musicians' unions in L.A. and mentored many African American musicians. He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. jazz history. For Chicago Tribune Obituary click photo ---> But for the Real scoop (historical), read this blog by Marc Myers of JazzWax.com in AllAboutJazz
Race Hotline: (309) 752-8429
Mrs. B thoroughly enjoyed the presentations of Bellson N. Californian drumming proteges David Garibaldi (Tower of Power) and Thomas Pridgen(The Mars Volta) at DRUM! Magazine's Rhythm Night held at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. The program had been planned as a fundraiser for cancer patient drummer Richie Hayward (Little Feat) who, most unfortunately, passed away just 1 day before the event. (click pics for websites) -->
We have received authorization to post this TV News story on the website (Homepage, News page, Calendar and Video pages). Thank you WQAD! See clip from WQAD-TV News story on unveiling the Bellson Monument in Moline, Illinois (Quad-Cities) on 5-20-10.
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photo by John Schultz, Q-C Times
May 20, Moline, IL. Despite Mrs. B's tornado-delayed plane, (some) attendees' hours-long drive in the rain from all over Illinois, not to mention the constant rain during the entire ceremony, stalwart fans could not be deterred from expressing their respect for Louie Bellson at the official unveiling of the headstone monument by designer Mrs. B. (See Homepage for design of frontside of stone). Guests included family, friends, clergy; Ill. state Rep.; former Mayor of Rock Falls (Bellson's birth city); Chicago Deputy Sheriff; Author of upcoming book on Italians in Jazz; RME Museum Director; Educators; Drummers from Symphony and Jazz. Click links below for articles and more photos.
May 16, Quad-City Times, "Bellson's widow keeping his musical legacy alive"
May 20, Moline Dispatch, "Bellson beat goes on"
May 21, Quad-City Times, "Family, friends memorialize jazz great"
and Quad-Cities Times photographer John Schultz.
Text: Illinois Resolution HR169 by state Rep. Mike Boland.
Note: Whether you were able to attend or not, please share your thoughts in the Guestbook
American jazz master and Illinois native son Louie Bellson will be honored in two observances this week in the Q-C (Quad-Cities) Illinois area. May 20, 2010
4:30 pm -- Monument Dedication - Riverside Cemetery - Moline, IL 6:00 pm -- Reception/Concert - River Music Experience Museum - Davenport, IA Click River Music Experience or Mrs. B's Calendar for info. Bellson's display at River Music Experience Museum, Davenport, IA. (Right next to Bix's!) -->
Mrs. B was one of several "jazz widows" interviewed for today's Wall Street Journal article (p. D7) "Savvy Widows Leverage Jazz Legends' Legacies" by Marc Myers who writes about jazz daily at JazzWax.com. Get WSJ newspaper, or click photo to read online. --->
Read Myer's comments on this story, "Jazz Spouses Get Smart," click JazzWax. (May 13)
Video: "Portrait of a Jazz Blogger - Marc Myers - JazzWax (12 min. video)
Louie Bellson colleague and friend singer- actress Lena Horne passed away May 9, 2010 in New York. Close with both Louie & wife Pearl Bailey, she co-starred in several films with Pearl (1940-50's) and sang in Ellington's Sacred Concert with Louie Bellson drumming (1965) as pictured here. Share memories in the Guestbook.
(Click photo for article.) Bellson, Lena Horne and Ellington in concert, 1965 --->
Also .... New offerings from the The Cookie Garden. BONUS! Free CD Download Card w/ every Bellson cookie order at The Cookie Garden _____________________________________________________________
4:30 pm -- Monument Dedication - Riverside Cemetery - Moline, IL 6:00 pm -- Reception - River Music Experience Museum - Davenport, IA Click River Music Experience or Mrs. B's Calendar for info. Bellson's display at River Music Experience Museum, Davenport, IA. (Right next to Bix's!) --> _______________________________________________________________
A big "Thank you" to Bellson fan Takeshi Takeuchi, who sent photos of the Japan concert described in Jeff Hamilton's JazzTimes article. (Mar 27 News item below) The "Statesmen of Jazz" Concert Tour in Sept 1997 was Mrs. B's first trip to Japan. Though hardly Mr. B's first, who'd played there many times throughout the years, incl. with Buddy Rich et. al.
Click poster for drummer photos. -->
Challenge: Identify the four drummers featured. (see JazzTimes article for answer.)
The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson
Louie & Clark Expedition 2
The two latest Bellson CDs (Percussion Power label) are now available as Download Cards for sale by Mrs. B. Download Bellson albums to your computer, iPod or other portable device. They're the perfect gift enclosure! (To purchase, contact email@example.com)
After more than 15 years of success as a VHS, "A Lesson with Louie Bellson" is now a DVD. (click) In 1992, Bellson proposed the idea of documenting the approach of his renowned teacher Murray Spivack in the form of filming a lesson with Louie as the student. Other â€œstudentsâ€ David Garibaldi and Peter Donald perform as well. <---- click Gift Shop page or Alfred Music Publishing: (click cover) ---->
Murray Spivack â€“ A Lesson with Louie Bellson
VHS released as DVD _______________________________________________________________
on which he performs â€œDrum Angel,â€ a song he wrote in honor of his beloved mentor and friend, Louie Bellson. CD Baby: (click cover) ---->
Joe DeRose and Amici - Sounds for the Soul
CD or MP3 _______________________________________________________________
and scroll down to near bottom of Press Coverage page.)
Celebrate his remarkable life on the Watch Videos Here! page. ______________________________________________________________
<---Also, browse new/updated pages via the navigation/destination bar (top left). ______________________________________________________________
Checkout Vintage Drums and More, "The Favorite Site for Drum Collectors and Enthusiasts." Bad economy got you down? Learn how Bellson fan drummer Jim Glay, 60, survives the downturn by watching this video in the Dec AARP Bulletin. Click "The Beat Goes On" ______________________________________________________________
www.sticksnskins.com (or click bookcover)-->
Sticks n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming
Amazon: (click bookcover) ---->
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Dear Bellson Fans, Having facilitated 2 funerals, 1 memorial recital and 2 memorial concerts for Louie, as well as having survived Dee Dee's funeral, Mrs. B is exhausted! (Right now, that lounge chair from the San Jose Jazz Festival is looking real good!) However, please stay tuned to the website's Schedule page for upcoming activities. _______________________________________________________________
Only 5 months following the death of Louie Bellson in February, we regret to announce the sudden passing of our daughter vocalist Dee Dee Bellson, at her home in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 4. She was 49. (Job 13:15) Dee Dee sang independently and, on occasion, with her father Louie Bellson's Big Band. She also sang backup with groups including the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and Sheena Easton. News of her step-daughter's death was a shocking blow to Mrs. Bellson who'd just completed holding the third Memorial Service for husband Louie in San Jose June 29. (See Home page). Flying to Virginia for the July 14 funeral, Mrs. B was comforted by the kindness and hospitality of Dee Dee's former band members and friends in Charlottesville. Afterwards, Mrs. B. traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit her own father who is recuperating well following his recent critical surgery. (Psalm 41:3) Condolences for Louie and/or Dee Dee may be written on the Guestbook page. To donate (tax-deductible) in memory of either Bellson, choose & write name on memo line of check. Make payable to "Emmanuel Baptist Church" and mail to:
Louie Bellson Legacy 16055 Ventura Blvd. Suite #1212 Encino, CA 91436
Note: See Home page for Dee Dee Bellson video clip from Star Search, 1988. _______________________________________________________________
now bringing the total number to 17. (Including the historic Bellson/Rich drum battle!)
<--Click Music/Videos at left, or click this image--> and page down the list for your selections. _______________________________________________________________
”Drummer Louie Bellson on playing in Harry James' band, taken from Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James by Peter J. Levinson. (Online journalist Marc Myers quotes Louie Bellson in Nov 28 JazzWax blog.) Click http://www.jazzwax.com/2008/11/louie-bellson-s.html _______________________________________________________________
Sit back and listen to Bellson music while you enjoy these scrumptious gourmet cookies in a choice of commemorative Gift Tins. Each tin is hand made to order and loaded with 12 gourmet cookies, each individually wrapped and labeled. Support an American Legend by ordering your gift tin today! CookieGarden.com. (Use discount code LB08)
Bellson's fall tour through three cities in Illinois/Iowa is really shaping up! Get your application in for the Drum Competition. Guests include Hannah Ford, the Northern Ill. Univ. (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and the Manny Lopez Band.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Journalist/critic Glenn Kenny reviews the 1943 Busby Berkeley film "The Gang's All Here" in The Auteur's Notebook, an online film journal. Mr. Kenny solicited and has graciously included Bellson's memoirs of his participation in the film as part of the Benny Goodman orchestra. (click photo for link to read review). (Go to Music/Videos section at left for film clip). _______________________________________________________________
As those of you who have visited our "Video Clip" section already know, Bellson appeared in the 1943 movie "The Gang's All Here" with Benny Goodman, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. This and 4 other movies are now available for sale on DVD as part of the Carmen Miranda Collection. (To buy, click on photo.) Available on Amazon; Barnes & Noble. Or... Is a 5-CD set a bit much for you? "The Gang's All Here" is also available as a single DVD. (To buy, click on photo.)
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Modern Drummer Magazine issues its second Drum Gods publication, "Another 25 legendary talents who changed drumming." Bellson is profiled on p. 10-15. Available from moderndrummer.com. (For direct link, click on photo.) _______________________________________________________________
The first disc sees Duke performing live in the South of France with Ella Fitzgerald and the second disc contains the previously unseen footage of Duke Ellington in one of his last ever live performances jamming with Joe Pass, Ray Brown and LOUIE BELLSON. (Basis of the 1973 CD â€œDukeâ€™s Big 4.â€) (To buy, click on photo.) Available on Amazon; Barnes & Noble. _______________________________________________________________
Evergreen Times article, Dec 2007 â€œLouie Bellson: The beat goes onâ€ http://www.evergreentimes.com/122807/beacon.htm JazzTimes article, Nov 2007 "Louie Bellson: The Go-To Guy" by Don Heckman http://jazztimes.com/columns_and_features/table_of_contents/article_excerpts/index.cfm?article_id=18513 Christian Jazz Artists (CJA) Network Newsletter, Fall 2007 Featured Interview http://www.songsofdavid.com/CJAFall2007featuredinterview.htm Louie Bellson on the JazzWax Blog (Sept 10 & 11 entries) http://www.jazzwax.com/2007/09/louie-bellson.html In June, 2007, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) inducted Louie Bellson, Terry Gibbs and Dave Frishberg as Living Legends at the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame ceremony, Jazz at the Lincoln Center, New York City. (see slides #1, 7, 11, 17) http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/jazzwall/2007/photos.html LETTER TO THE EDITOR, JazzTimes Magazine, Jan 23, 2007 Sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org That you failed to get the name of the album right was an oversight [â€œHighs & Lows,â€ Jan/Feb â€˜07]. Itâ€™s Soul On Top which appeared in JT [â€œReviews Vox,â€ Nov â€˜04]. But not to have mentioned that eveningâ€™s reunion with Louie Bellson (whose orchestra had played the original 1970 album) was a gross omission. After Bellsonâ€™s guest performance, Brown graciously exhorted the audience to stand in homage to Bellson. It was truly an historic and unforgettable evening for all. Francine Bellson email@example.com _______________________________________________________________
How do you like the new appearance of the Louie Bellson website? We're working on it daily because there are some wonderful surprises coming soon. Please visit us from time to time so you can "keep up with Louie Bellson" (if you can)! _______________________________________________________________