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Louis Bellson

dr, 1924-2009 IT, Rock Falls, Illinois
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni

Italian-American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator. Born : 6 July 1924 in Rock Falls, Illinois, USA. Died : 14 February 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums, a set-up he already used at the age of 15. He received the prestigious Jazz Masters Award from the US National Endowment of the Arts in 1994 and was made a “Living Legend” by the Kennedy Centre in 2007. He was married to singer Pearl Bailey from November 1952 until her death in 1990.

        
Instruments
  • Drums
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
The Diplomat Speaks on Big Band Jazz from the Summit by Louis Bellson
Claxton Hall Swing on Compact Jazz: Best Of The Big Bands by Various Artists
Melody For Thelma on The Best Of Louie Bellson by Louis Bellson
Amoroso on Big Band Jazz from the Summit by Louis Bellson
I Wonder Why on The Best Of Louie Bellson by Louis Bellson
Hit the Road to Dreamland on Pearl Bailey and Louis Bellson by Pearl Bailey & Louis Bellson
Collection Blues - Live on The Montreux Collection by Jazz At The Philharmonic
Chameleon on The Best Of Louie Bellson by Louis Bellson
Intimacy Of The Blues on The Best Of Louie Bellson by Louis Bellson
Thunderbird on Thunderbird by Louis Bellson

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Louie & Clark Expedition 2Louis Bellson, Clark Terry2008Album
Cobham Meets BellsonBilly Cobham Meets Louis Bellson2007Album
Sticks On Fire!Louis Bellson2003Compil.
LegacyDePaul University Jazz Ensemble Featuring Guest Artist Louis Bellson2001Album
The Concord Jazz Heritage SeriesLouis Bellson1998Compil.
Louis Armstrong With Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong With Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown & Louis Bellson Guest Ella Fitzgerald1996Compil.
Ow! (All Star Jam Sessions)Louis Bellson, Ray Brown, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, Ben Webster, Lester Young1995Album
Second Construction/Pulse/Sisu/Hiérophonie V/Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet)John Cage, Henry Cowell, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist, Yoshihisa Taïra, Harold Farberman, Georges Bizet / Родион Щедрин : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Louis Bellson1995Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio Album # 3Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1994Single
Drum BoogieGene Krupa / Louis Bellson1993Single
Peaceful ThunderLouis Bellson1993Album
Airmail Special: A Salute To The Big Band MastersLouis Bellson1990Album
Jam Session 1955Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Ray Brown, Bill Harris, Louis Bellson1990Album
Jazz GiantsLouis Bellson1990Album
Jammin' The BluesColeman Hawkins & Benny Carter Feat. Teddy Wilson, Bob Cranshaw, Louis Bellson1989Album
How Can You Miss?Stéphane Grappelli With Louis Bellson ,and Phil Woods1989Album
Suite ToothFrank Mantooth Featuring Bobby Shew, Louis Bellson1989Album
Concerto For Jazz Drummer & Symphony Orchestra/Carmen Suite (The Carmen Ballet)Harold Farberman, Georges Bizet / Родион Щедрин : Kroumata Percussion Ensemble / Louis Bellson1988Album
The Best OfLouis Bellson1987Compil.
The Masters SessionsStéphane Grappelli, Phil Woods, Louis Bellson1987Album
Swing ReunionTeddy Wilson, Benny Carter, Red Norvo, Louis Bellson, Remo Palmieri, George Duvivier, Freddie Green1985Album
Don't Stop NowLouis Bellson1984Album
Loose WalkLouis Bellson, George Duvivier, Warren Parrish, Jack Scott1983Album
Cool, Cool, BlueLouis Bellson1983Album
Los Grandes Del Jazz 94Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Louis Bellson1982Compil.
Big Band Jazz From The Summit / The Mighty TwoLouis Bellson & His Band / Gene Krupa - Louis Bellson1981Compil.
Side TrackLouis Bellson1981Album
OriginalsLouis Bellson / Jon Faddis / Milt Hinton / Hank Jones / Bob Malach / Bucky Pizzarelli1980Album
Louie Bellson JamLouis Bellson1979Album
The London ConcertOscar Peterson, Louis Bellson, John Heard1979Album
With Bells On!Louis Bellson1979Compil.
Intensive CareLouis Bellson, Ray Brown, Paul Smith1978Album
Prime TimeLouis Bellson1978Album
Snooky & Marshal's AlbumSnooky Young / Marshall Royal / Freddie Green / Ross Tompkins / Ray Brown / Louis Bellson Special Guest Scatman Crothers1978Album
Lady TimeElla Fitzgerald With Jackie Davis And Louis Bellson1978Album
Snooky & Marshal's AlbumSnooky Young / Marshall Royal / Freddie Green / Ross Tompkins / Ray Brown / Louis Bellson Special Guest Scatman Crothers1978Album
Ecué (Ritmos Cubanos)Louis Bellson - Walfredo De Los Reyes, Sr.1978Album
The Drum Session Vol. 2Louis Bellson / Shelly Manne / Willie Bobo / Paul Humphrey1977Album
The Drum SessionLouis Bellson / Shelly Manne / Willie Bobo / Paul Humphrey1977Album
Louie Bellson's 7 - Live At The Concord Summer FestivalLouis Bellson1976Album
The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 1Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1975Album
The Drum SessionLouis Bellson, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo, Paul Humphrey1975Album
The Louis Bellson ExplosionLouis Bellson1975Album
The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vols. 1 y 2Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1975Album
The Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol. 2Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1975Album
The Tatum Group MasterpiecesArt Tatum, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Red Callender, Buddy DeFranco, Bill Douglass, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Buddy Rich, John Simmons, Alvin Stoller, Ben Webster1975Compil.
Big Bands!Louis Bellson / The Mills Blue Rhythm Band1972Compil.
Drum Role Volume 2Charlie Persip / Gene Krupa / Louis Bellson / Buddy Rich / Ed Thigpen1972Compil.
Conversations - A Drum SpectacularBuddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Kenny Clare With The Bobby Lamb - Ray Premru Orchestra1972Album
Louie In LondonLouis Bellson1970Album
Breakthrough!Louis Bellson1968Album
RepercussionEric Delaney & Louis Bellson1967Album
ThunderbirdLouis Bellson1966Album
Kings Of PercussionGene Krupa, Buddy Rich And Louis Bellson1965Album
Jazz At FoothillLouis Bellson1965Album
Soulful Drum BattlesArt Blakey, Charlie Persip, Louis Bellson, "Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa1964Compil.
ExplorationsLouis Bellson / Lalo Schifrin1964Album
The Mighty TwoLouis Bellson & Gene Krupa1963Single
The Mighty TwoLouis Bellson & Gene Krupa1963Album
Basie In SwedenCount Basie Orchestra Featuring Louis Bellson1962Album
Big Band Jazz From The SummitLouis Bellson1962Album
Happy SoundsPearl Bailey & Louis Bellson1962Album
Louis Bellson Swings Jule StyneLouis Bellson Swings Jule Styne1960Album
The Brilliant Bellson SoundLouis Bellson1960Album
Drum Foolery / Satin DollLouis Bellson1960Single
Jazz Giants '59Stan Getz · Gerry Mulligan · Harry Edison, Louis Bellson And The Oscar Peterson Trio1959Single
Jazz Giants '58Stan Getz · Gerry Mulligan · Harry Edison, Louis Bellson And The Oscar Peterson Trio1958Album
Louis Bellson At The FlamingoLouis Bellson1958Album
Makin' WhoopeeArt Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson1958Album
Drumorama!Louis Bellson1957Album
The Hawk TalksLouis Bellson1956Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio Album #2Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Single
Louis Bellson And His DrumsLouis Bellson1955Album
The DrivingLouis Bellson1955Single
The Tatum - Carter - Bellson Trio, Album #1Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Single
DrumologyBuddy Rich ... Louis Bellson ... Lionel Hampton ... Zutty Singleton1955Compil.
Boogie Woogie Piano And DrumsMeade "Lux" Lewis And Louis Bellson1955Album
The Tatum-Carter-Bellson TrioArt Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson1955Album
The DrivingLouis Bellson1955Single
Journey Into LoveLouis Bellson1954Album
The Exciting Louis Bellson Album #2Louis Bellson1954Single
Boogie Woogie Piano And DrumsMeade "Lux" Lewis And Louis Bellson1954Single
The Exciting Mr. Bellson (And His Big Band)Louis Bellson1954Album
The Amazing Artistry Of Louis BellsonLouis Bellson1954Album
The Exciting Mr. Bellson And His Big BandLouis Bellson1954Single
The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonThe Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson1952Album
The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonThe Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson1952Album
Skin DeepDuke Ellington And His Orchestra Featuring Louis Bellson1952Album
Gene Norman's Just Jazz Volume 13Stan Getz, Willie Smith, Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller, Louis Bellson1951Album
The Mighty TwoGene Krupa & Louis Bellson1948Single
Jazz Berry Jam: "Jamming Jazz"Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Louis BellsonAlbum
My Little Yellow DressLouis Bellson Swings Jule StyneSingle
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 94Duke Ellington / Paul Gonsalves / Harry Carney / Louis BellsonCompil.
Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonThe Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonSingle
Boogie Woogie Piano And DrumsMeade "Lux" Lewis And Louis BellsonSingle
Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonThe Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis BellsonSingle
Art Tatum & His Friends Vol.IArt Tatum With Benny Carter & Louis BellsonCompil.
The Amazing Artistry Of Louis BellsonLouis BellsonSingle
Caxton Hall Swing / PhalangesLouis BellsonAlbum
The DrivingLouis BellsonSingle
Are You Ready For This!Buddy Rich, Louis BellsonAlbum
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