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Welcome to the Bellson Beat!

Celebrating 98 years
of the Enduring works of LOUIE BELLSON


Louie Bellson was deemed “the world’s greatest musician” by Duke Ellington, “the epitome of musical talent and a very gifted composer and arranger” by Oscar Peterson, and “the best person I ever met” by Tony Bennett.


He performed on more than 200 albums with a range of artists, including Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Oscar Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Bellson's first wife Pearl Bailey.


Bellson composed more than 1,000 pieces and wrote a dozen books on drums and percussion. He received the prestigious American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. He was also the recipient of awards from ASCAP and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was a six-time Grammy nominee, and held four honorary doctorates.


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> > > . . . Announcing! . . . 2023 BELLSON MUSIC FEST . . . Sat June 10, 2023 . . . Rock Falls, Illinois . . .< < <

Five Bands + Drum Clinic by Walfredo Reyes, Jr.!

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> > > . . . . Louie Bellson charts now digital! . . . . . . . . < < <

Louie Bellson charts now available in repertoire of 

A new non-profit jazz music publishing company 

Digital download of all music & books!

Bellson Charts at 

Featuring the Most Outstanding Composers/Arrangers/Authors from
Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.

> > > . . . . . . . . Bellson Poetry Book! . . . . HOT OFF THE PRESS! . . . . < < <

The Poetic Thoughts and Verses of Louie Bellson

Compiled & edited by Dave Black

Featuring the thoughts, insights and musings of Louie Bellson

Louie Bellson had a little-known passion for writing poetry.
Hudson Music is proud to publish the prose and poetry of Louie Bellson, a man universally loved as a gentle and kind soul—as well as a towering figure in the world of drumming.

. . . . Drummer . . . . Bandleader . . . . Composer . . . . Arranger . . . . Clinician . . . . Inventor . . . . Author . . . . Recording Artist . . . . Grammy Nominee . . . . NEA Jazz Master . . . . An American Legend . . . .

Explore A Remarkable Life

From Youth . . .              to Legend . . .

. . . The Beat Goes On !

Whether Hometown . . . 

"Louie Bellson: Hometown Hero"


Bellson never forgot his roots, in the Q-C area (Moline/Rock Island, IL) where he invented the double-bass drum in his Moline High School Art class in 1941. 



. . . National . . . 

Click below to watch Bellson perform the third movement of his composition

"East Side Suite" on The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson. (1992)

 . . . or International, . . . 

Bellson Site-Seeing Around the World



 Displays, Exhibits, Artifacts

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. . . It's all here!

Begin the adventure!  Select your next stop on navigation bar at top.

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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.



Louie Bellson interview by Fillius Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe on April 12, 1996 at the Sarasota (Fla.) Jazz Festival.


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In Memoriam

"Hear, Here!"

History Lessons

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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YouTube Channel

Amazon & iTunes

Louie Bellson Artist Store on Amazon

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AMAZON - CDs produced by Mrs. B on Percussion Power Label

  The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

  Louie & Clark Expedition 2



  The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

  Louie & Clark Expedition 2



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