LB90 Celebrates 90 years
of the Enduring works of LOUIE BELLSON
Beginning July 6, 2014, Louie Bellson Legacy will observe LB90 all year with special events worldwide. Stay tuned! (click) News page.
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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From Youth . . . to Legend . . .
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Whether Hometown . . .
Hometown Slideshow Tribute
"Louie Bellson: Hometown Hero"
Slideshow chronicling Illinois native son Louie Bellson's presence in the Q-C area.
Produced by Todd Mizener, The Dispatch Argus (Moline/Rock Island, IL) archives.
Set to the music "Skin Deep" composed & performed by Louie Bellson.
(7:53 min) To watch, click Q-C Online or click photo --->
. . . 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, . . .
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