Latest Louie Bellson Stories

2009-06-24 01:14:11

A forum in Utah this week celebrated the life and mystery of a young artist who vanished in southern Utah in 1934. Bones found last year were recently confirmed as those of Everett Ruess. The Californian was 20 when he was last seen near Escalante. The forum Monday at the University of Utah attracted a capacity crowd, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Ruess's nephew and niece were there, as was Denny Bellson of Shiprock, N.M., who found the bones. Bellson, a member of the Navajo Nation, said...

2009-02-17 14:33:46

Jazz drummer and bandleader Louie Bellson has died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his wife, Francine. He was 84. The Los Angeles Times quoted the musician's widow as saying Bellson died Saturday of complications from Parkinson's disease. He had also suffered a broken hip in November. Born Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni in Rock Falls, Ill., Bellson performed in the 1940s and 1950s with Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Harry James and Duke...

2008-08-24 22:57:30

By Steve Voce Jazz composer and band leader ONLY THE best musicians succeed in Los Angeles. The pianist Bob Florence, who was born there, won on two fronts: he led one of the finest big bands in the city, Bob Florence's Limited Edition, and he was one of the most sought-after composers and arrangers of music for the city's commercial studios. His often complex compositions ranked with the finest jazz writing of the last 50 years. Yet, despite the fact that he was regularly called to work...

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