Louie Bellson. Paul Louis Belson (1924-2009 ) Jazz musician. Regarded by many as one of the greatest drummers of all his era. Worked with such legends as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington,& Harry James, during a career of more than 60 years.
James P. Johnson-(1894-1955) Known as the "Father of Stride Piano," he perfected the East Coast style. Every major jazz pianist from the 1920s onward (Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Thelonious Monk) was influenced by him.