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Toots Thielemans

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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Albums

90 Years
90 Years
Challenge Records
2013
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[no cover]
What A Wonderful World
Challenge Jazz
2012
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European Quartet Live
European Quartet Live
Challenge Records
2011
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[no cover]
European Quartet Live
Challenge Jazz
2010
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The Live Takes, Vol. 1
The Live Takes, Vol. 1
In + Out Records
2010
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[no cover]
Hit Collection
Challenge Jazz
2008
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