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Tunes that'll knock your socks off!

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.

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

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Sidebar (on left) - Useful links.  Displays on all pages.


Links (all site) - Nearly all title bars, photos & underlined                               words are clickable links to further info.

Inspirational Uses of Website for ...

Youth - history, music appreciation, term papers, theses.

Sr. Citizens - treat someone (w/o computer access) to a website visit.

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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Conductor Guides: <-- Now Available!

"Hear Here!"

Hear sound clips from the last CDs.
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History Lessons

New Bellson-related media


and the Music that Changed America.
By Jeff Kaufman (Film)

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THE CENTURY PROJECT - 100 Years of American Music
from behind the drums. By Daniel Glass (2DVD set)

LB90 T-Shirt - Just Released!

“Celebrate a Maestro”

LB90 design on military green T-shirt

Unveiled at NAMM 2015

Power Wrist Builders booth


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THE SHOP at Bellsonia

Exciting items from our revamped store.


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Bellson Site-Seeing Around the World

Displays, Exhibits, ArtifactsHave you visited . . . ?


Davenport, IA

Display at the "River Music Experience Center for American Roots Music," a museum of Blues, Rock-n-roll, Jazz, Gospel, etc. (Grand Opening: 6/04)

Young Bellson's photo, right next to Bix's! --->


Sterling, IL

Exhibit including display of 2003 postal cancellation stamp bearing his name and image. Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum.


Rock Falls, IL

Historical marker installed in front of Bellson’s birth house on 8th Avenue by the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce. (2003)

Street signs direct visitors to site. >

< Bellson nears his birth house.

(all photos (c) F. Bellson)


Rock Falls, IL

Donated by Bellson's widow, Mrs. B, one of Louie Bellson's drumsets is now on display at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel in Rock Falls, Illinois, his birth city.  Double-bass drum set-up above main entry to hotel lobby. Shown here-->

See 6/23/12 article Rock Falls not ready to forget Louie Bellson.  Watch video of 7/16/12 drum setup on YouTube.








Grand Rapids, MI


Videoclip, performing at the White House for Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt; with Pearl Bailey and Tony Bennett. Pres. Gerald R. Ford Museum.





Norwell, MA

Display of his full double-bass drumset, including limited edition14k gold snare drum that Remo, Inc. issued for Bellson’s 75th birthday in 1999. Also, extensive archival photo display in Wall of Fame. Avedis Zildjian Co.


Davenport, IA

Honoree in display case, aboard the Rhythm City Casino Riverboat. Pier.  (to right of escalators)


Bellson performed at Grand Opening, April 2001.




Moline, IL

A graduate of Moline High School Class of 1942, Bellson was one of the first inductees into the MHS Alumni "Hall of Honor" in 2000.

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 Also, a star on the MHS "Walk of Fame".


Moline, IL

Gravesite Monument at Riverside Cemetery was designed by Mrs. Bellson in 2009.

The Dedication Ceremony (pictured here) was May 20, 2010.


Tulsa, OK

Display, 1998 Living Legend Inductee. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Avenue.

Now located in the former Tulsa Union Depot in downtown Tulsa.



Rock Island, IL

Hands & drumstick impression in cement displayed in Arts Alley, downtown Rock Island.  Bellson was in town for the Quad-Cities inaugural "Louie Bellson Jazz Fest" that weekend (May, '94)





Hollywood, CA

Hands impression in cement at the Guitar Center’s RockWalk of Fame. (12/4/99)









Berne, Switzerland

The Louie Bellson Suite hotel room decorated with extensive memorabilia. (Other suites honor Milt Hinton, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, etc.) Hotel Innere Enge.




Washington, DC

Part of the Duke Ellington Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute.













New York, NY


Large photo on stairway to upper balcony. The Apollo Theater, Harlem.









Los Angeles, CA

Large b&w framed photo of Bellson performing, by photographer Mrs B.  Donated to the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center.







Know of other Bellson displays worthy of note? Write Mrs. B. at bellson_1@att.net.