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Toots Thielemans

Primary Instrument: Harmonica

Born: April 29, 1922    

Jean 'Toots' Thielemans is widely regarded by most people as the most accomplished harmonica player in the world. Of course, that's not all he does and it would be a great injustice to label him as just a good harmonica player. If you are not into Jazz, you may not have heard of his name but you have probably heard his music many times and I suspect you liked it. He is equally good at playing guitar, the accordeon and many other instruments. For instance, you will never hear anyone whistle jazz better than Toots.

Born on 29 April 1922 in Brussels, he quickly got interested in music and was playing the accordeon at age 3. Later he started playing the harmonica and the guitar. He got seriously hooked on jazz in earnest during the German occupation and has been influenced predominantly by Django Reinhardt, another Belgian who invented a particular way of playing the guitar, and the legendary Charlie Parker. Other influences were Toots Mondello and Toots Camarata, resulting in Jean Thielemans being nicknamed 'Toots' early on in his career....
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    90 Years

    Challenge Records
    2013
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    What A Wonderful World

    Challenge Jazz
    2012
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    European Quartet Live

    Challenge Records
    2011
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    The Live Takes, Vol. 1

    In + Out Records
    2010
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    European Quartet Live

    Challenge Jazz
    2010
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    Hit Collection

    Challenge Jazz
    2008
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    Collections

    Challenge Jazz
    2006
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