Pick a big band, any big band, and Louie Bellson was likely the rhythm behind the swing. From Harry James and Duke Ellington to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, Bellson was a smash. The “Living Legend” of jazz died on Valentine’s Day at age 84.
His jazz legacy was enormous and sweeping, and he made plenty of music in Las Vegas over the years.
Here is a bit of Louie's work from the Nat King Cole Show on television in 1957: