Basic Background Info

Birth: July 6, 1942
Location: Rock Falls, Illinois
Band: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Sammy Davis Jr., Ted FioRito, Norman Granz' J.A.T.P., Tony Bennett, Bennie Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Newton, Gerry Mullingan, Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Milton Jackson, Clark Terry, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Eddie "lockjaw" Davis, Shelly Manne, Billy Cobham, James Brown, Mel Torme, Joe Williams
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Composer, Instructor


Touted by Duke Ellington as "not only the world's greatest drummer [but also] the world's greatest musician!", Louie Bellson's fame precedes him wherever he goes. And he goes many places. Louie Bellson is a musician, a composer, an arranger, a bandleader, an educator, an innovator, a skillful technician, and a savvy businessman. At nearly 85 years old, Louie Bellson released a new big band album with trumpeter Clark Terry, Louie & Clarke Expedition 2, in early 2008.

Louie Bellson, born Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, began playing drums at three years old. After twelve years on the drums, Louie Bellson pioneered the double bass drum arrangement. At seventeen, Louie Bellson beat out more than 40,000 drummers to win the Slingerland National Gene Krupa contest. Louie Bellson played in the U.S. Army band and made many film appearances, his first with Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee in The Power Girl.

Between 1943 and 1952, Louie Bellson played with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Duke Ellington. Louie Bellson quit working with Duke Ellington when he married actress and singer Pearl Bailey and then became her musical director. In the fifties and sixties, Louie Bellson accompanied Jazz At the Philharmonic, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Harry James, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Louie Bellson also led many of his own bands, big and small, and surrounded himself with gifted musicians like Blue Mitchell, Don Menza, Larry Novak, John Heard, Clark Terry, Pete and Conte Candoli, and Snooky Young. Regardless of accompaniment, Louie has always driven a big band in exciting rhythm and enjoyed the symbiosis of a simple trio.

Louie Bellson is also a gifted composer and arranger of jazz, jazz-rock fusion, romantic orchestral suites, symphonic works, and a ballet. Louie Bellson authored more than a dozen books regarding drums and percussion. Throughout his career, Louie conducted drum and band clinics at high schools, colleges, and music stores.

Honoring Louie Bellson's skills and contributions to music generally, Louie Bellson is a member of the Halls of Fame of both the Percussive Arts Society and Modern Drummer. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded him the American Jazz Masters Award in 1994 and said, "These colossal talents have helped write the history of jazz in America." Louie Bellson also received four Grammy Award nominations. In 1998, Zildijian honored Louie Bellson, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, and Max Roach as Living Legends of Music. Louie Bellson was again revered as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Louie Bellson also holds four honorary doctorate degrees.

Louie Bellson has performed on more than 200 albums with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton and Bellsonís late wife Pearl Bailey.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1940 Passion Flower 1940-46 Johnny Hodges
1941 All the Cats Join In, Vol. 3 Benny Goodman
1942 Capitol 50th Anniversary Jazz Box Various Artists
1945 Slipped Disc (1945-46) Benny Goodman Sextet
1946 At the Fat Man's Tommy Dorsey
1946 Jazz Scene [Verve] Various Artists
1946 Plays Mel Powell Benny Goodman
1946 Post-War Era Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
1947 1947, Vol. 1 Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
1947 American Icon Louis Armstrong
1947 Caravan: With the Duke Ellington All-Stars and the Billy Strayhorn All Stars The Johnny Hodges All-Stars
1949 First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald
1950 1950's: The Singers Various Artists
1950 Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years Dizzy Gillespie
1950 Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook Various Artists
1950 Session for Six Benny Goodman
1951 Duke Ellington's Coronets Duke Ellington
1951 Ellington Uptown Duke Ellington
1951 Verve Jazz Masters 43 Ben Webster
1951 World of Duke Ellington, Vol. 3 Duke Ellington
1952 1952 Seattle Concert Duke Ellington
1952 All the Things You Are: The Jerome Kern Songbook Various Artists
1952 At Birdland 1952 Duke Ellington
1952 Cheek to Cheek: The Irving Berlin Songbook Various Artists
1952 Debut Records Story Various Artists
1952 Just Jazz All Stars Louis Bellson
1952 Night and Day: The Cole Porter Songbook Various Artists
1952 Two Great Concerts Duke Ellington
1953 Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues Ella Fitzgerald
1953 Concert Years Ella Fitzgerald
1953 Ellington Uptown Duke Ellington
1954 Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces Art Tatum
1954 Dizzy Gillespie with Roy Eldridge Dizzy Gillespie
1954 Exciting Mr. Bellson and His Big Band Louis Bellson
1954 Jam Session, No. 9 Jam Session
1954 Journey into Love Louis Bellson
1954 Louis Bellson and His Drums Louis Bellson
1954 Louis Bellson Quintet Louis Bellson
1954 Louis Bellson with Wardell Gray Louis Bellson
1954 Roy and Diz Roy Eldridge
1954 Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 1 Art Tatum
1954 Two in Love Louis Bellson
1954 Used to Be Duke Johnny Hodges Orchestra
1955 1955 The Dorsey Brothers
1955 3, 4, 5: The Verve Small Group Sessions Benny Carter
1955 Cat House Piano Meade Lux Lewis
1955 Driving Louis Bellson Louis Bellson
1955 Exciting Battle: Stockholm '55 Jazz at the Philharmonic
1955 Skin Deep Louis Bellson
1955 Slide Trombone Featuring Lawrence Brown Lawrence Brown
1955 USA All Stars in Berlin Various Artists
1955 Yale Recordings, Vols. 1 Benny Goodman
1956 Concerto for Drums Louis Bellson
1956 Dorsey-Itis The Dorsey Brothers
1956 Ella and Louis [Master Edition] Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1956 For the Love of Ella Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Hawk Talks Louis Bellson
1956 Let's Do It: The Best of the Verve Years Louis Armstrong
1956 Verve Jazz Masters 1 Louis Armstrong
1957 American Songbook Louis Armstrong
1957 Best of Count Basie [Roulette/Pablo] Count Basie
1957 Compact Jazz: Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
1957 Drumorama! Louis Bellson
1957 Ella and Louis Again [Original CD] Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1957 Essential Louis Armstrong [Vanguard] Louis Armstrong
1957 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
1957 Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Louis Armstrong with Oscar Peterson
1957 Louis Bellson at the Flamingo Louis Bellson
1957 Private Collection, Vol. 8: Studio Sessions... Duke Ellington
1957 Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House Stan Getz
1958 Jazz Giants '58 Stan Getz
1958 Jazz on Bandstand, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1959 Let's Call It Swing Louis Bellson
1959 Live in Stereo at the Flamingo Hotel, Vol. 1: June 28 Louis Bellson Big Band
1959 Music, Romance and Especially Love Louis Bellson
1960 Brilliant Bellson Sound Louis Bellson
1960 Louis Bellson Swings Jules Styne Louis Bellson
1961 Around the World in Percussion Louis Bellson
1961 Drummer's Holiday Louis Bellson
1961 Essential Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
1962 Big Band Jazz from the Summit Vogue Louis Bellson
1962 Live in Sweden Count Basie
1962 Mighty Two Louis Bellson
1962 New Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
1963 My People Duke Ellington
1963 This Time by Basie: Hits of the 50's Count Basie
1963 Thunderbird Louis Bellson
1965 Never-Before-Released Recordings Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1966 Sacred Music Duke Ellington
1966 Whisper Not Ella Fitzgerald
1968 Breakthrough Louie Bellson
1968 Thirty by Ella Ella Fitzgerald with Benny Carter
1969 In London 1969 Jazz at the Philharmonic
1970 Louie in London Louie Bellson
1970 Soul on Top James Brown
1971 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It) Ella Fitzgerald
1972 Dream Dancing Ella Fitzgerald
1972 Golden Years Count Basie
1973 Basie Jam Count Basie
1973 Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1973 Bosses Count Basie with Joe Turner
1973 Chiaroscuro Christmas Various Artists
1973 Duke's Big Four Duke Ellington Quartet
1973 Guitar Virtuoso Joe Pass
1973 Liberian Suite: A Tone Parallel to Harlem Duke Ellington
1973 Zoot at Ease Zoot Sims
1974 150 MPH Louis Bellson
1974 Basie and Friends Count Basie
1974 Fine and Mellow Ella Fitzgerald
1974 For the First Time Count Basie Trio
1974 Satch and Josh Count Basie with Oscar Peterson
1975 Basie & Zoot Count Basie/Zoot Sims
1975 Count Basie Jam Session at the Montreux Jazz Festival Count Basie
1975 For the Second Time Count Basie and the Kansas City 3
1975 Highlights of the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Various Artists
1975 Jam Session at Montreux, 1975 Count Basie
1975 Louis Bellson Explosion Louis Bellson
1975 Montreux Collection Jazz at the Philharmonic
1975 Oscar Peterson Big 6 at Montreux Oscar Peterson
1975 Trumpet Kings at Montreux Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry
1975 World of Duke Ellington, Vol. 2 [LP] Duke Ellington
1976 Basie Jam #3 Count Basie
1976 Basie Jam #2 Count Basie
1976 Louie Bellson's 7 Louis Bellson
1976 Trumpet Kings: Pablo at Montreaux '75 Various Artists
1977 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Louie Bellson
1977 Ecue Ritmos Cubanos Louis Bellson with Walfredo de Los Reyes
1977 Heavy Jazz, Vol. 1 Paul Smith/Louis Bellson/Ray Brown
1977 Heavy Jazz, Vol. 2 Paul Smith with Louis Bellson and Ray Br
1977 Kansas City 5 Count Basie
1977 Prime Time Louis Bellson
1977 Satch and Josh.....Again Oscar Peterson & Count Basie
1977 Sunshine Rock Louis Bellson with Explosion Orchestra
1978 Best of Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan
1978 How Long Has This Been Going On? Sarah Vaughan
1978 Intensive Care Louis Bellson, Ray Brown, Paul Smith
1978 Lady Time Ella Fitzgerald
1978 London Concert Oscar Peterson
1978 Louis Bellson Jam Louis Bellson with Blue Mitchell
1978 Matterhorn: Louie Bellson Drum Explosion Louis Bellson
1978 Night Rider Count Basie with Oscar Peterson
1978 Note Smoking Louis Bellson & Explosion
1978 Raincheck Louis Bellson Quintet with Red Nash
1978 Snooky & Marshall's Album Snooky Young with Marshal Royal
1978 Timekeepers Count Basie with Oscar Peterson
1978 Yessir, That's My Baby Count Basie with Oscar Peterson
1979 Dynamite Louis Bellson Big Band
1979 Incredible Hank Jones Meets Louis Bellson & Ira Sullivan Hank Jones
1979 Live at Ronnie Scott's Louie Bellson
1979 Night Child Oscar Peterson
1979 Side Track Louis Bellson
1980 London Scene Louis Bellson
1980 New York Saxophone Quartet New York Saxophone Quartet
1981 Echoes from West Ray Brown/Roger Kellaway
1981 Kansas City, Vol. 6 Count Basie
1982 London Gig Louis Bellson Big Band
1983 Digital Big Band Bash! Various Artists
1983 Loose Walk Louie Bellson
1983 Return to Happiness, Tokyo 1983 [2-CD] Jazz at the Philharmonic
1984 Back to Bass-ics Milt Hinton
1984 Don't Stop Now! Louis Bellson
1984 Lush Life Linda Ronstadt
1985 Big Band of Louie Bellson Louis Bellson
1986 Classics in Jazz Louis Bellson
1986 For Sentimental Reasons Linda Ronstadt
1986 Louis Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra Louis Bellson
1986 Night Flight Sammy Nestico
1986 Remember Benny Goodman and His Orchestras
1986 Round Midnight with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra Linda Ronstadt w/ Nelson Riddle...
1987 Best of Art Tatum Art Tatum
1987 Best of Benny Carter Benny Carter
1987 Compact Jazz: Best of the Big Bands Various Artists
1987 Digital Duke Mercer Ellington
1987 East Side Suite Louis Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra
1987 Hot Louis Bellson
1987 In the Mood for Swing Benny Carter
1987 Jazz Classics Stephane Grappelli
1987 Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase Louie Bellson
1987 Return of Mel Powell Mel Powell
1987 Revised Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz Various Artists
1987 Stephane Grappelli [Who's Who In Jazz] Stephane Grappelli
1987 Suite Tooth Frank Mantooth
1988 Do It Again Toni Tennille
1988 Irving Berlin Always Irving Berlin
1989 Best of the Big Bands Benny Goodman
1989 How Can You Miss? Stephane Grappelli
1989 Jazz Club: Drums Various Artists
1989 Jazz Giants Louis Bellson
1989 Laughter from the Hip: 24 Jazz Comedy Classics Various Artists
1989 Musicmasters Jazz Sampler Various Artists
1990 Airmail Special: A Salute to the Big Band Masters Louis Bellson
1990 Best of Louie Bellson Louis Bellson
1990 Compact Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
1990 GRP New Magic Digital Sampler, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1990 Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1990 Messing with the Blues James Brown
1991 Compact Jazz: Duke Ellington and Friends Duke Ellington
1991 Drum Course Louis Bellson
1991 Ella/Things Ain't What They Used to Be (& You Better Ella Fitzgerald
1991 Everything I Have Is Yours: The Best of the M-G-M Years Billy Eckstine
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Big Bands Various Artists
1991 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Trombone Various Artists
1991 Louie Bellson & His Big Band [Video/DVD] Louis Bellson
1991 Night and Day, Vol. 2: Songbook Cole Porter
1991 Peaceful Thunder Louis Bellson
1991 Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band
1991 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1992 1992 Stash Sampler Various Artists
1992 All-Star Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1992 Black Brown & Beige Louie Bellson
1992 Compact Jazz: Ben Webster Ben Webster
1992 Ella and Louis Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong
1992 Essential American Singers Various Artists
1992 In the Beginning John Allred
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Chanteuses Various Artists
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Duke Ellington & Strayhorn Song Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
1992 Jazz-Club Mainstream: Drums Various Artists
1992 Live at the Jazz Showcase Louis Bellson Quartet
1992 S'Wonderful: The Gershwin Songbook Various Artists
1992 S'Wonderful George Gershwin
1992 Santa's Bag: An All-Star Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1992 VOSS Records Jazz Series Sampler Various Artists
1992 You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930's Various Artists
1993 Compact Jazz: Ella and Duke Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington
1993 Complete Cole Porter Songbooks Various Artists
1993 Herb Geller Quartet Herb Geller Quartet
1993 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Ben Webster Ben Webster
1993 Jazz Valentine: In the Mood... Various Artists
1993 Mighty Two Gene Krupa & Louis Bellson
1993 Swing Swing Swing, Vols. 1-5 Benny Goodman
1993 Won't You Come Home, Pearl Bailey? Pearl Bailey
1994 Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
1994 Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology Big Joe Turner
1994 Cool Cool Blue Louis Bellson Small Band
1994 Fiedler & Friends Fiedler & Friends
1994 Fine Romance: Jerome Kern Songbook Various Artists
1994 Great Jazz Album World's Greatest Jazz Band
1994 Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown Duke Ellington
1994 Introducing Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 20 Various Artists
1994 It's Magic [Bear Family] Doris Day
1994 Live from New York Louie Bellson & His Big Band
1994 Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1994 Passion Flower Johnny Hodges
1994 Salute Louie Bellson Quintet
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 10 Dizzy Gillespie
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 6 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 Bellson/Brown/Smith Louis Bellson/Ray Brown/Paul Smith
1995 Benny Goodman and His Great Vocalists Benny Goodman
1995 Bounce Blues Ben Webster
1995 Complete Gershwin Songbooks Various Artists
1995 Explosion Band Louis Bellson
1995 From the Blue Note: Chicago 1952 Duke Ellington
1995 Fujitsu-Concord 27th Jazz Festival Various Artists
1995 Gershwin Songbook: 'S Paradise Various Artists
1995 Great Jazz Bands Various Artists
1995 I'm Shooting High Louie Bellson
1995 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Three Divas Ella Fitzgerald/Billy Holiday/Dinah Wash
1995 Jazz Sides: Verve Jazz Masters 46 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 Live at Concord Summer Festival Louie Bellson's 7
1995 Meadowbrook to Manhattan Duke Ellington
1995 Music for Loving Ben Webster with Strings
1995 Originals Louie Bellson
1995 Their Time Was the Greatest Louie Bellson
1995 Those Fabulous Ladies of Jazz Various Artists
1996 Air Bellson Louie Bellson's Magic 7
1996 Big Bands Various Artists
1996 It Might as Well Be Swing Stephane Grappelli/Phil Woods/Mccoy Tyne
1996 Jazz Best Orchestra Various Artists
1996 Jazz Big Names, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Latin Jazz Dance Classics Various Artists
1996 Makin' Whoopee [Collector's Edition] Count Basie
1996 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 4: Big Bands of the 50s & 60s Various Artists
1996 New Jazz Spectrum, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 5: Studio Sessions... Duke Ellington
1997 1939-1946 Benny Goodman Big Band
1997 1941 [CD] Original Soundtrack
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone: The Masters Various Artists
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Art of Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1997 Blues in the Night: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1997 Complete Irving Berlin Songbooks Various Artists
1997 Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks Various Artists
1997 Jazz Giants Play Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust Various Artists
1997 Latin Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists
1997 RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [Collector's Edition] Various Artists
1998 1950-1960: Little Jazz Roy Eldridge
1998 Art of Chart Louie Bellson Big Band Explosion
1998 Benny Carter and the Jazz Giants Benny Carter
1998 Big Band Favorites of Sammy Nestico Various Artists
1998 Big John Special '49 Harry James
1998 By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin Various Artists
1998 Casino Gardens 1946 The Dorsey Brothers
1998 Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1998 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Sampler Various Artists
1998 Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
1998 Cut It Out Frank Catalano
1998 Genius of Keyboard Art Tatum
1998 George Gershwin 100 Matt Catingub
1998 Gershwin Jazz Round Midnight Various Artists
1998 History of Jazz Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Harold Arlen: Blues in the Night Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Rodgers & Hart: Blue Moon Various Artists
1998 Jazz Singers 1919-1994 Various Artists
1998 Our Love Is Here to Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1998 Sings & Plays: 1951-1954 Dizzy Gillespie
1998 Ultimate Ben Webster Ben Webster
1998 Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
1998 Visions of Jazz: A Musical Journey Various Artists
1999 1954-1966 Harry James
1999 30 by Ella Ella Fitzgerald
1999 Big Band Bash Tommy Dorsey
1999 Centenary Collection Carrying Case Duke Ellington
1999 Ellington Legacy Duke Ellington
1999 Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville Various Artists
1999 Free Soul Wing Various Artists
1999 Impulsively Ellington!: A Tribute to Duke Ellington Various Artists
1999 Jazz Archives Benny Goodman
1999 Jazz Giants Play Duke Ellington: Caravan Various Artists
1999 Private Collection [Box] Duke Ellington
1999 Savoy Years and More Jimmy Scott
1999 Solid Swing Tommy Dorsey
1999 Stephane Grappelli Is Jazz Stephane Grappelli
1999 Swingsation Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Swingsation Tommy Dorsey & Artie Shaw
1999 Teenage Stan, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Stan Getz
1999 Verve Elite Edition Collectors' Disc Various Artists
2000 Big Band [Box Set] Various Artists
2000 Black Box of Jazz [Millenia] Various Artists
2000 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert Deluxe Set Various Artists
2000 Different Version, Vol. 5 Benny Goodman
2000 Duke: The Essential Recordings (1927-1962) Duke Ellington
2000 Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition Duke Ellington
2000 Incontournables Count Basie
2000 Incontournables Duke Ellington
2000 Incontournables Ella Fitzgerald
2000 Incontournables Dizzy Gillespie
2000 Incontournables Joe Pass
2000 Incontournables Oscar Peterson
2000 Jazz Bar: Fine & Mellow Various Artists
2000 Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Louis Armstrong
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Ella Fitzgerald
2000 Linger Awhile: Live at Newport and More Sarah Vaughan
2000 Live in Dublin, Ohio Stephane Grappelli
2000 Night Out With Verve Various Artists
2000 Sacred Music of Louie Bellson/The Jazz Ballet Louie Bellson
2000 Stealin' Apples Benny Goodman & Small Groups
2000 Tenor Giants Featuring Oscar Peterson Zoot Sims & Eddie Lockjaw Davis
2000 Ultimate Collection Louis Armstrong
2000 Very Best of Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
2001 1945-1946: Magic Carpet Selections Benny Goodman
2001 Black and White Box of Jazz [Box Set] Various Artists
2001 Composer Oscar Peterson
2001 Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Jazz: Live From New York Various Artists
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 West Coast Swing Duke Ellington
2002 1950-1951 Duke Ellington
2002 1969: All-Star White House Tribute Duke Ellington
2002 Basie & Zoot Basie Count/Zoot Sims
2002 Blues Around the Clock Various Artists
2002 Bounce Blues Ben Webster
2002 Continental Tommy Dorsey
2002 Decidedly Roy Eldridge
2002 Honorary President of HCF Louis Armstrong
2002 Inferno!: 150 MPH/Dynamite Louis Bellson
2002 It's Magic Doris Day
2002 Jazz Singing Various Artists
2002 Ken Burns Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 Live and Rare Duke Ellington
2002 Pablo Sampler Various Artists
2002 Sound of Distinction Willie "The Lion" Smith
2002 Swing High Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra
2002 Swing Master Benny Goodman
2002 They Also Sang With Tommy Dorsey, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Timeless Little Jimmy Scott
2002 Very Best of Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
2003 1950-1952 Al Hibbler
2003 1951 Duke Ellington
2003 1952 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
2003 50 Sublimes Chanteurs de Jazz: 1940-53 Various Artists
2003 Alternative Takes, Vol. 10: 1947-1951 Duke Ellington
2003 Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History Brian Auger
2003 Best of the Pablo Group Masterpieces Art Tatum
2003 Bouncin' on the Campus Ray Anthony
2003 Classic Jazz: Jazz Greats Various Artists
2003 Complete Verve Roy Eldridge Studio Sessions Roy Eldridge
2003 Concord Records 30th Anniversary Various Artists
2003 Dimensions: A Compendium of the Pablo Years Oscar Peterson
2003 Diva Series Ella Fitzgerald
2003 Gold: Greatest Hits Ella Fitzgerald
2003 Lotta Sax Appeal: A Saxophone Retrospective Various Artists
2003 Louis for Lovers Louis Armstrong
2003 Lullaby of Birdland Various Artists
2003 Portrait Paul Cacia
2003 Satin Doll Collection Duke Ellington
2003 Small Groups and Big Band Benny Goodman
2003 Sticks on Fire Louie Bellson
2003 Wardell Gray Story Wardell Gray
2004 'S Wonderful Swing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2004 1946 [Classics] Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2004 1952-1953 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
2004 Anything Goes Phil Woods
2004 Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions Norman Granz
2004 Complete Recordings Bob Dorough/Sam Most
2004 Duke: The Columbia Years 1927-1962 Duke Ellington
2004 Ellington Uptown [Bonus Tracks] Duke Ellington
2004 Essential Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
2004 Hittin' the Blue Notes, Vol. 2 The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band
2004 It's D'Lovely 1947-1950 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2004 Jazz Biography Series Duke Ellington
2004 Jazz Ladies Various Artists
2004 Mary Lou Williams & The Trumpet Giants Featuring... Mary Lou Williams & The Trumpet Giants/B
2004 Masterpieces by Ellington Duke Ellington
2004 Multitude of Stars Statesmen of Jazz
2004 Norman Granz' Jazz In Montreux Presents: Count Basie Count Basie
2004 Proper Introduction to Billy Eckstine: Ballads, Blues Billy Eckstine
2004 Proper Introduction to Billy Strayhorn: Passion Flowers Billy Strayhorn
2004 Proper Introduction to Duke Ellington: Skin Deep Duke Ellington
2004 Unreleased Sessions Jim Hall
2004 Used to Be Duke Johnny Hodges Orchestra
2005 1946-1947 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2005 1946-1954 Meade "Lux" Lewis
2005 All or Nothing at All: The Dramatic Jimmy Scott Little Jimmy Scott
2005 All the Cats Join In Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2005 Ben Webster for Lovers Ben Webster
2005 Best of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra Tommy Dorsey
2005 Big Band Feeling Duke Ellington
2005 Blue Voices: The Finest in Swingin' Jazz Ballads Various Artists
2005 Career: 1937-1992 Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Cole Porter Songbook: Night & Day Various Artists
2005 Complete Studio Master Takes [Sextet & Septet] Lester Young Sextet-Septet/Roy Eldridge/
2005 Complete Trumpet Kings Battle: Studio Sessions Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Dizzy: The Music of John Birks Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong for Lovers Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
2005 Essential Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
2005 Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Various Artists
2005 Jazz After Dark, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 Jazz Ladies Best Various Artists
2005 Jazz Lounge, Vol. 9: Easy Living Various Artists
2005 Jazz West Coast Various Artists
2005 Jazzradio Various Artists
2005 Live Swing Sessions 1943-1949 Benny Goodman
2005 New York for Lovers Various Artists
2005 Number 1 Jazz Vocal Album Various Artists
2005 One for My Baby Billy Eckstine
2005 Red Horse Boogie Woogie Benny Goodman & His Musicians
2005 Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection Tommy Dorsey
2005 Stages Count Basie
2005 That Elegant Sound: 1935-1953 Tommy Dorsey
2005 Tommy Newsom Tribute Sherrie Maricle & the Diva Jazz Orchestr
2006 1947, Vol. 2 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2006 1950-1955 Buddy Rich
2006 1952-1954 Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra
2006 Blue Light/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown Duke Ellington
2006 Buddy De Franco and Oscar Peterson Quartet Buddy de Franco
2006 Complete New York Town Hall & Boston Symphony Hall Concert Louis Armstrong Quartet
2006 Definitive Collection Louis Armstrong
2006 Gold Louis Armstrong
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1948-1955 Various Artists
2006 Jazz Lounge, Vol. 10 Various Artists
2006 Legacy: The Last Sessions The Paul Cacia Jazz Orchestra
2006 Real Jazz Various Artists
2006 Sarah Vaughan Plays for Lovers Sarah Vaughan
2006 Ultimate Jazz Christmas Various Artists
2007 1954 Benny Carter
2007 Boogie Woogie Piano, Vol. 2: 1938-1954 Various Artists
2007 Essential Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
2007 Fine and Dandy Benny Goodman
2007 For Lovers Ella Fitzgerald & Friends
2007 In Person/The Hi-Fi Sounds of Harry James Harry James
2007 Jazz: Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2007 Jazz James Brown
2007 Jeep Is Jumpin' Johnny Hodges
2007 Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival Sarah Vaughan
2007 Louie & Clark Expedition, Vol. 2 Louie Bellson/Clark Terry
2007 Original Album Classics Duke Ellington
2007 Perfect Peterson: Best of the Pablo & Telarc Recordin Oscar Peterson
2007 Playboy Jazz: Jazz Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2007 Quintessence: New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm 1935-1954 Benny Goodman
2007 Rare Instrumentals Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
2008 Volume 1: 1946-1954 West Coast Trumpet Shorty Rogers
2008 Art of Duo: Ella & Louis/Ella & Louis Again Ella Fitzgerald
2008 Drum Session Louis Bellson/Shelly Manne/Willie Bobo/P
2008 Jazz 'Round Midnight: The George Gershwin & Cole Porter George Gershwin & Cole Porter
2008 Super Drumming Louis Bellson
2008 The Very Best of Jazz Sarah Vaughn
2008 Norman Granz Presents Duke: The Last Jam Session Duke Ellington
2008 My Favorite Things Nick Ross
2008 Jam Session Blues Buddy Rich
2008 It Don't Mean a Thing (ZYX) Dizzy Gillespie
2008 Heads Up 2007 Various Artists
2008 Ella Fitzgerald Meets Duke Ellington 1968 & Benny Goodman 1958 Ella Fitzgerald
2008 Christmas and Hits Duos Louis Armstong
2008 Best Foot Forward Royal Garden Swing Orchestra
2008 1953-1954 Ben Webster
2009 In Europe Coleman Hawkins
2009 Centennial Celebration Art Tatum
2009 An Evening In Concert United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble
2010 The Complete AFRS Benny Goodman Shows Vol. 2 1946 Benny Goodman
2010 George Gershwin Jazzclub Various Artists
2010 From His Treasure Chest: 1965-1972 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
2011 Three Classic Albums Clark Terry
2011 Singing and Swinging Together Ella Fitzgerald
2011 Putumayo Presents: Jazz Various Artists
2011 Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Various Artists
2011 In the Mood for Swing/Over the Rainbow/Cookin' At Carlos I/Benny Carter and Phil Woods Benny Carter
2011 Flying Home Duke Ellington
2011 At the Crystal Gardens, Salem Oregon, 1952 Duke Ellington
2011 AFRS Benny Goodman Show Vol. 6 Benny Goodman
2012 AFRS Benny Goodman Show Vol. 5 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
2012 The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 Duke Ellington
2012 Four Classic Albums Plus: Jus Jazz Allstars/Concerto for Drums/At the Flamingo/The Hawk Talks Louie Bellson
2012 AFRS Benny Goodman Show Vol. 12 Benny Goodman
2013 The Voice of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald
2013 The Jazz Age: A Celebration of 1920s Swing Benny Goodman


  • Louie's hometown of Rock Falls, Illinois, holds Louie Bellson Heritage Days every summer around his birthday with receptions, music clinics and live performances.
  • Louie is a vice president of Remo, Inc., where he continues working to create new drum technology.
  • "To me, Louis is just one of the nicest guys I have every known. His playing is absolutely on top - on top of everything! He is just so nice! He's a sweetheart. Louie Bellson is a beautiful artist." - Count Basie
  • "Louie is the best person I ever met." - Tony Bennett

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Remo
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Zildjian

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