Louis Bellson

Real Name:
Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni
Profile:
Italian-American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator.
Born: 6 July 1924 in Rock Falls, IL - died: 14 February 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.

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 previously married to singer Pearl Bailey from November 1952 until her death in 1990. His daughter was Dee Dee Bellson and his last wife was Francine Bellson.
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MOD 2013 Gene Norman's Just Jazz Volume 13 — Louis Bellson Stan Getz, Willie Smith (2), Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller (2), Louis Bellson, "Nature Boy"* Stan Getz, Willie Smith (2), Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller (2), Louis Bellson, "Nature Boy"* - Gene Norman's Just Jazz Volume 13 Modern Records (2) MOD 2013 US 1951 Sell This Version
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LC.6568 The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson — Louis Bellson The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson - The Just Jazz All Stars Featuring Louis Bellson (Album, EP) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records LC.6568 UK 1952 Sell This Version
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MG N-1007 Journey Into Love — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Journey Into Love (Album) Norgran Records MG N-1007 US 1954 Sell This Version
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MG N 7 The Amazing Artistry Of Louis Bellson — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson The Amazing Artistry Of Louis Bellson (Album) Norgran Records MG N 7 South Africa 1954 Sell This Version
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MGN-14 The Exciting Mr. Bellson (And His Big Band) — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson The Exciting Mr. Bellson (And His Big Band) (Album) Norgran Records MGN-14 US 1954 Sell This Version
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MG C-632 Boogie Woogie Piano And Drums — Louis Bellson Meade Lux Lewis* And Louis Bellson Meade Lux Lewis* And Louis Bellson - Boogie Woogie Piano And Drums(LP, Album, Mono) Clef Records MG C-632 US 1955 Sell This Version
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MG C-643 The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio — Louis Bellson Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson Art Tatum / Benny Carter / Louis Bellson - The Tatum-Carter-Bellson Trio (Album) Clef Records MG C-643 US 1955 Sell This Version
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33CX 10083 Louis Bellson And His Drums — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Louis Bellson And His Drums(LP, Album, Mono) Columbia 33CX 10083 UK 1955 Sell This Version
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MG N-1099, Yellow Labels The Hawk Talks — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson The Hawk Talks (Album) Norgran Records MG N-1099, Yellow Labels US 1956 Sell This Version
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MGV-8016, MG V-8016 Concerto For Drums — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Concerto For Drums(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records, Verve Records MGV-8016, MG V-8016 US 1957 Sell This Version
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33C 9040 Drumorama! — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Drumorama! (Album) Verve Records 33C 9040 UK 1957 Sell This Version
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MGV-8256 Louis Bellson At The Flamingo — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Louis Bellson At The Flamingo Verve Records MGV-8256 US 1958 Sell This Version
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MG V-8248 Jazz Giants '58 — Louis Bellson Stan Getz · Gerry Mulligan · Harry Edison, Louis Bellson And The Oscar Peterson Trio Stan Getz · Gerry Mulligan · Harry Edison, Louis Bellson And The Oscar Peterson Trio - Jazz Giants '58 (Album) Verve Records MG V-8248 US 1958 Sell This Version
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MG V-8227 Makin' Whoopee — Louis Bellson Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson - Makin' Whoopee(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records MG V-8227 US 1958 Sell This Version
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MG V-2131 Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne - Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne (Album) Verve Records MG V-2131 US 1960 Sell This Version
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CLP 1343 The Brilliant Bellson Sound — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson The Brilliant Bellson Sound (Album) Verve Records CLP 1343 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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SR 25167 Happy Sounds — Louis Bellson Pearl Bailey & Louis Bellson Pearl Bailey & Louis Bellson - Happy Sounds Roulette SR 25167 US 1961 Sell This Version
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SR 52087 Big Band Jazz From The Summit — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Big Band Jazz From The Summit (Album) Roulette SR 52087 US 1962 Sell This Version
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VB-SR 52099, SR 52099 Basie In Sweden — Louis Bellson Count Basie & His Orchestra* Featuring Louis Bellson Count Basie & His Orchestra* Featuring Louis Bellson - Basie In Sweden (Album) Roulette VB-SR 52099, SR 52099 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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1655 The Mighty Two — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson & Gene Krupa Louis Bellson & Gene Krupa - The Mighty Two (Album) Roulette 1655 Uruguay 1963 Sell This Version
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SR-52120, (S)R52120 Explorations — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson / Lalo Schifrin Louis Bellson / Lalo Schifrin - Explorations (Album) Roulette, Roulette SR-52120, (S)R52120 US 1964 Sell This Version
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2682024 Art Tatum & His Friends Vol.I — Louis Bellson Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson Art Tatum, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson - Art Tatum & His Friends Vol.I(2xLP, W/Lbl) Metro Records 2682024 UK 1964 Sell This Version
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none Jazz At Foothill — Louis Bellson Foothill College Stage Band, Louie Bellson* Foothill College Stage Band, Louie Bellson* - Jazz At Foothill(LP, Album) Not On Label none US 1965 Sell This Version
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CSD. 3558, CSD 3558 Thunderbird — Louis Bellson Louis Bellson Thunderbird (Album) Impulse! CSD. 3558, CSD 3558 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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SX 6173 Repercussion — Louis Bellson Eric Delaney & Louis Bellson Eric Delaney & Louis Bellson - Repercussion (Album) Columbia SX 6173 UK 1967 Sell This Version