Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another Jazz Great Passes

Louie Bellson
July 6, 1924 – February 14, 2009

Louie Bellson was one of the great jazz drummers or "Not only...the world's greatest drummer...the greatest musician" as Duke Ellington said.

He's famous for pioneering the double bass drum. He was also a vice president of the Remo Drum Co. He was married to jazz singer Pearl Bailey and they gave birth to Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. I think it's notable that Louie and Pearl had a mixed marriage long before it was considered acceptable.