Bellson in DVDs

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The Century Project (2012)

Louie Bellson is included in ...


100 Years of American Music from behind the Drums

by Daniel Glass

RELEASED Oct. 2012

Please take a minute to watch/share the stunning New Trailer.

Advance reviews thus far have been incredible. Zoro says: ". . . a brilliant, fascinating and inspiring film . . . a truly monumental achievement."

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"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. 

To bring these musical eras to life, The Century Project incorporates eleven stunning vintage drum sets, hundreds of rare product and vintage catalog shots, and a dozen high energy performances from an all-star band featuring members of Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Conan O'Brien house band, and Bette Midler's "Kiss My Brass" Revue.

Filmed and recorded in stunning high-definition, The Century Project reveals a side of the drums never before seen, and endeavors to show musicians here in the 21st Century just how much they actually have in common with the past. The bottom line - learning more about the classic styles demonstrated in The Century Project will make you a stronger and more competitive drummer, regardless of what style of music you play.


TRAPS: The Incredible Story of Vintage Drums (1865-1965)

by Daniel Glass.

As a companion piece to The Century Project DVD, Traps is an in-depth and highly entertaining DVD designed to introduce modern drummers to the evolution of their instrument.   2-DVD set


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A Lesson with Louie Bellson (2010)

After more than 15 years of success as a VHS, "A Lesson with Louie Bellson" is now a DVD. (click) In 1992, Louie 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 “students” featured: David Garibaldi and Peter Donald. DVD covers range of various rudiments with emphasis on grip, stroke, and motion.

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The Musical Drummer (2009)

(60 min) After 25 years of success as a book/CD/VHS, "The Musical Drummer" is now available as a DVD. The Musical Drummer features Louie Bellson at his best—leading an all-star quintet through seven compositions that illustrate a variety of styles and techniques. Clearly and simply, he isolates and analyzes his part in tunes that demonstrate swing, samba, shuffle, bossa nova and jazz/rock beats. Bellson also covers brush and double-bass drum technique. Highlights include two classic solos in the Bellson tradition. Featuring plenty of performance, this DVD is entertaining, as well as instructional.

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Norman Granz Presents - Duke: The Last Jam Session (2008)

2-DVD SET. 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 “Duke’s Big 4.”)

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"The Gang's All Here" Movie released on DVD (2008)

As those of you who have visited our "Video" 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.


Is a 5-DVD set a bit much for you?


"The Gang's All Here" is also available as a single DVD.

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Benny Goodman, Louie Bellson and Carmen Miranda perform in "The Gang's All Here."

A Duke Named Ellington (2007)

This extraordinary, classic two-hour musical biography includes contributions by Louie Bellson et. al. An ideal tool for jazz research as well as the study of African-American culture, it captures the culturally transcendent genius and charisma of the man and his music, rooted in the Black experience. Produced/directed by actor Terry Carter ("Battlestar Galactica", "McCloud").

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Louie Bellson & His Big Band (2007)

Louie Bellson, who revitalized the Duke Ellington Orchestra back in the '50s, leads his own group in this 1983 Swiss concert featuring the Breckers as well as expatriates Herb Geller and Benny Bailey. DownBeat magazine called it "crackling, straight-down-the-pike Big Band music". Includes over 60 minutes of DVD bonus features: video of Billy Cobham and Louie Bellson; music from Randy and Michael Brecker; trivia and fun facts subtitles; instant access to over 35 selections and 24 instrumental solos; six artist biographies; photo gallery; Dolby Digital Stereo audio; digitally mastered audio & video; multi-directional interactive menus. Total running time: 115 minutes.

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Cobham Meets Bellson (2007)

This popular VHS was converted to DVD in 2007. Review: "...has to be seen to be believed...Cobham is a powerhouse...Bellson brought me to the edge of my seat!" --JazzTimes Magazine. Watch all-star Jazz drummers Billy Cobham and Louie Bellson have an intimate conversation using only their drumsticks in this concert DVD recorded live from Switzerland. The Louie Bellson Big Band plays swinging melodic riffs while the two percussion legends take center stage, facing off in virtuosity, using every tone from whispering to fortissimo. This explosive DVD Drum Battle is a continuous flow of energy and rhythmic bravado that showcases two of the world s greatest drummers, and their inimitable sound that is sure to provoke hypnotic, contagious movements and keep your feet tapping all night long.

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(120 min) Hosted by Louis Bellson

Part One (1920-1950) traces the history of jazz drumming in America from its earliest, pre-1920 roots to the advent of the be-bop revolution in the mid-1940s and beyond. It features archival film clips and photographs of the greats of jazz drumming, including Baby Dodds, Paul Barbarin, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, Sid Catlett, Kenny Clarke, and Max Roach.

Part Two (1950-1970) features clips and photos of Philly Joe Jones, Shelly Manne, Art Blakey, Joe Morello, Roy Haynes, Ed Thigpen, Paul Motian, Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, and others. This program illuminates a turbulent and very significant time in the history of jazz drumming. (click cover or link)


Louie first designed and built a "crude" double bass drum setup in his dad's music store in 1938. (shown here)


CLASSIC JAZZ DRUMMERS – Swing & Beyond (2002)

(70 min)

Highlights include films of the legendary Sid Catlett with Louis Armstrong, Ray Bauduc with Jack Teagarden, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich with their own orchestras, Gus Johnson with the rarely-heard Count Basie large group, Joe Harris with the pioneering Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Panama Francis with Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, never-before-seen solo footage of Philly Joe Jones, Stan Levey with a large group, the groundbreaking bop of Kenny Clarke and many others.

Louie Bellson on tracks #10 & #12

Hudson Music / Hal Leonard /Amazon


Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles (1988)

(60 min)

This DVD presents 15 of the true “legends of jazz drumming” in astounding extended solos and in rare, never-before-seen drum duels filmed over the last five decades. Among the highlights are uncut solos from big band legends Sonny Payne, Rufus Jones, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard and Louie Bellson, and large group giants Art Blakey and Joe Morello. Rare drum battles include meetings between: Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole; Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy; Chico Hamilton, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton; Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray and Art Blakey; and a once-in-a-lifetime battle between Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis! The DVD also includes as a bonus full-length commentary by drumming great Peter Erskine that can be accessed at the viewer's discretion, and the original theatrical trailer for the 1958 film The Gene Krupa Story, never seen outside movie theatres!

Hudson Music / Hal Leonard /Amazon

Classic Drum Solos & Drum Battles – Vol. 2 (1980)

(73 min)

The second installment in this exciting and acclaimed series. Volume Two features fifteen thunderous drum solos from legends like Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, “Papa” Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Shelly Manne, Sonny Payne, Sam Woodyard, Rufus “Speedy” Jones, Louie Bellson and others.

Spanning the years 1947 to 1989, many of these performances have never been previously released on home video or DVD. Bonus clips include Bobby Troup's “history of the jazz drum set” from 1958 and a great segment featuring The Gene Krupa Jazz Trio impersonating Russian musicians from 1946! Special DVD Features:

a photo gallery

• notes on each clip

• and a short bio of each drummer.

Hudson Music / Hal Leonard /Amazon

Click pic to Watch Preview drum solo. (Remember -- he's in his 80's here!)

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