New Bellson Portrait Unveiled

A dynamic new portrait of Louie Bellson has been unveiled; this time by celebrated painter, Merryl Jaye.  Jazz greats selected for their preeminence in their field, her subjects have been vividly rendered as she captures on canvas the emotion and…
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Video Page Updated

The VIDEOs page, which had been falling into disrepair last year, has been updated and refreshed for the new year.

Take a look now: VIDEOS

Know of other (legal) Bellson videoclips online?  If so, send the link to bellson_1@att.net for…

Mike Wimberly, 69

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.

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Holiday Wishes from the Bellson Beat

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."

  

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Dave Brubeck, 91

Beloved Bellson colleague and friend pianist-composer Dave Brubeck passed away Dec 5 in Connecticut, just one day shy of 92. . (Click photo for JazzTimes magazine article.) --->

 Share your memories of this true jazz icon in the …

New Bellson Portrait

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…

Mrs. B Attends Clayton Brothers Concert

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…

Bellson 5K Race a rousing success!

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,…

Big Band Jazz Renaissance Oct 10-14

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…

American Idol Contender visits home

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…

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