Louis Bellson collection, 1943-1996 (bulk ca. 1950-ca. 1970).
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Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He discovered his affinity for jazz music at a young age and began drumming at the age of 2. He began playing jazz in 1937, working with acts such as Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. From 1942 to 1944, Rich served in the U.S. Marines. In 1966, he recorded a big-band s...
Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, May 30, 1909. He received his first musical training at a local synagogue, and later studied clarinet with Franz Schoepp. Goodman made his debut at the age of twelve, and left home to become a full-time professional clarinetist when he was sixteen. After a decade of performing as a free-lancer and as a member of Ben Pollak's band, Goodman established his first big band in 1934, and soon it achieved unprecedented success. He won great ac...
Louis Bellson, one of the great jazz drummers of all time, became famous in the 1950s for using two bass drums simultaneously. He was also well known for his intense 15-minute drum solos, which he demonstrated in his performances with the bands of Benny Goodman (1943 and 1946), Tommy Dorsey (1947-1949), and Harry James (1950-1951), and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In addition to being able to drive a big band to exciting effect, Bellson can play very quietly with a trio with equal effectiveness...
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) was an African-American actress and singer. In films she was known chiefly for two roles: Maria in "Porgy and Bess"(1959) and Frankie in "Carmen Jones,"(1954) as well as her starring role on Broadway in an all-black cast version of "Hello Dolly." During World War II, Bailey toured with the USO, performing for American troops. Beginning in 1946 she was a top attraction in nightclubs, variety houses and television programs in the United States and Britain. At age 67, in 19...
Clarinettist and bandleader. From the description of Autograph card signed, dated : [n.p.], 1969 Oct. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914788 James was a swing-era bandleader and trumpet player. After playing briefly with the Benny Goodman orchestra, he established his own band in 1939 and reached the height of his popularity in the mid-1940s. During the 1950s and 1960s, James played mainly in various Las Vegas lounges. He continued performing until shortly before his de...