OBITUARIES
California Lives: Every Thursday, read an obituary of a notable Californian from the archives
LOCAL OBITUARIES

Louie Bellson, 1924 - 2009

Louie Bellson, pictured here performing at the Olympic Jazz Festival in 1984, was widely respected for his technical skill, refined rhythms and ability to adapt to various genres. "Not only is Louie Bellson the world’s greatest drummer . . . he’s the world’s greatest musician!" Duke Ellington once said of his former bandmate. Los Angeles Times
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