Monday, August 22, 2016

Toots Thielemans death – Västerbotten Courier

Fun Telegram A jazz virtuoso with a unique style. As described Toots Thielemans, who died on Monday at the age of 94.


Name: Jean Baptiste Frederic Isidor “Toots” Thielemans

Born in Brussels in 1922

Albums Selected: “The Sound” (1955), “The whistler and his guitar” (1964), “Only trust your heart” (1988), “One more for the Road” (2006).

Source: Encyclopedia

Belgian Thielemans is considered one of the world’s premier harmonica and did the whistling and guitar in unison to their specialty.

Toots Thielemans was born in Brussels and started playing in three. During World War II he became their own words “infected by the jazz virus”. Early idols were, among others, Django Reinhardt and Charlie Parker. His international breakthrough came in the 1950s when he played with Benny Goodman.

Thielemans spent a significant part of his 65-year career by touring with postwar big stars musicians. In 1952 he moved to the USA and worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Quincy Jones and many others.

Toots Thielemans appeared frequently in Sweden, played by Monica Zetterlund and wrote, among other things, its world famous “Bluesette” for Swedish Word revue “partying” in 1963. he also wrote film scores, including the Swede Per Åhlin “Dunderklumpen” (1974) in which he has also lent his voice to the character Pellegnillot. His harmonica is also heard in several international films that Oscar winner “Midnight Cowboy” and “Jean de Florette”.


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