brussels - Call in a community the word harmonica and many will think of Toots Thielemans. He died Monday at the age of 94. The 'roll' as he called his instrument is therefore inextricably linked to the well-known Fleming, who was born Jean Baptiste Thielemans in Brussels in 1922. Later, he was nicknamed Toots, a reference to the musicians Toots Mondello and Toots Camarata.
Thielemans started playing harmonica in the thirties to train his lungs, to- to claim his breathing- as asthma.,, The check in and blowing out tones was good for me. But the asthma, I never really blow my sandwich. '
Toots has played with Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman. Eventually everyone wanted especially to play with him.
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He also played the tunes for television shows like Sesame Street and Baantjer and soloist on soundtracks for films such as Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway and Turkish Delight. He also composed the famous Bluesette. Another specialty was playing a tune on the guitar and meefluiten unison.
The friendly musician lived mostly in America, but also had a home in Brussels, which earned him the nickname Vlamerikaan. American artists believed in the end not to Toots originally came from Belgium, because so much 'soul' was in his music.,, You're not from Brussels, you're from Mississippi, 'said Quincy Jones for example.
Jean Baptiste Thielemans received, except countless music awards, two honorary doctorates from the University of Brussels, both French and Dutch. Moreover, explained the Belgian king Toots and his wife to Baron and Baroness.
Performances attacked him increasingly difficult in recent years. So he had to cancel several concerts in the Netherlands on doctor's advice in 2006. In March 2014 it became known that he put an end to his career, but in August that year he was during Jazz Middelheim yet again on stage after a tribute concert for him.
Jazz musician and composer Toots Thielemans is deceased Monday in a hospital in Belgium, where he was since last month after he had fallen. The harmonica player was 94 years old.
Born: April 29, 1922 in Brussels
Died: August 22, 2016
Name: Born as Jean Baptiste Thielemans. He was nicknamed Toots as a reference to the musicians Toots Mouth Elle and Toots Camarata.
Career: Began in the 30s harmonica playing to train his lungs because he was suffering from asthma. Eventually played with the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman.
Tunes: He made the tunes of TV programs like Sesame Street and Baantjer and soundtracks for several films, including Turks Fruit.
Awards: In addition to music awards: two honorary doctorates from the University of Brussels, both French and Dutch. Belgian King Albert II received the Toots titled baron in 2001. Died: August 22, 2016