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Louie Bellson and His Big Band

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MSRP: $19.98
Price: $17.98
You Save: $2.00 (10 %)
Item Number: 2302
Artist: Bellson, Louie

Jazz drummer Louie Bellson (1924 – 2009), the inventor of the two bass-drum kit, was famous for his memorable contributions to the Big Bands of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, & Tommy Dorsey. He also revitalized the Duke Ellington Band, where he became renowned as an arranger & composer, and toured for many years with his wife, singer Pearl Bailey. During his distinguished career, he has recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Art  Tatum, and Oscar Peterson, among others. Driving the band from the drums, Louie Bellson cemented his reputation leader who controls the performance, yet allows his musicians the creative freedom needed to constantly evolve the music.



For this special, live, concert DVD, entitled Louis Bellson & His Big Band, Bellson keeps up the Big Band tradition while exploring contemporary sounds by leading his Orchestra, which includes 18 of the finest performers and creative soloists on the musical scene, playing as a tightly knit ensemble. Recorded with eight cameras, this fantastic big band performance not only includes Louie Bellson's impeccable time keeping, vibrant soloing, and his renowned compositions and arrangements, but also features the innovative percussionist's unique musical vision that has made him one of the Jazz world's top drummers, on a level alongside the legendary Buddy Rich. 


“Crackling, straight-down-the-pike Big Band music.” - Down Beat Magazine

“The world's greatest drummer” – Duke Ellington


The Louis Bellson Big Band includes:

Randy Brecker: Trumpet

Lew Soloff: Trumpet

Benny Bailey: Trumpet

Americo Belotto: Trumpet

Ack Van Rooyen: Trumpet

Michael Brecker: Tenor Saxophone

Herb Geller: Alto Saxophone

Howard Johnson: Baritone Saxophone

Andre Villeger: Alto Saxophone

Thomas Grunwald: Tenor Saxophone

Tom Malone: Trombone

Jiggs Whigham: Trombone

Hermann Breuer: Trombone

Rudi Fussers: Trombone

Gil Goldstein: Piano

Dean Brown: Guitar

Tim Landers: Bass

Louis Bellson: Drums


Selections include: The Drum Squad, Samantha, Blues for Freddy, Niles Ahead, We’ve Come a Long Way Together, and Explosion.



  • Bonus Video of Billy Cobham and Louie Bellson
  • Bonus Music from Randy and Michael Brecker
  • Trivia and Fun Facts Subtitles
  • Instant Access to Over 35 Selections
  • Instant Access to 24 Instrumental Solos
  • Six Artist Biographies
  • Photo Gallery
  • Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
  • Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
  • Multi-Directional Interactive Menus
    (55 minutes, plus over 60 minutes of bonus features)


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