Toots Thielemans

Real Name:
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans
Profile:
Influential Belgian harmonica player, whistler and guitarist (29 April 1922, Brussels - 22 August 2016, Braine-l'Alleud). Considered the pre-eminent jazz harmonica player, he performed and recorded with some of the greats like Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Fred Hersch, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. He was also an in demand session player in pop music, appearing on records by the likes of Paul Simon and Billy Joel. Please use the real name profile Jean Thielemans for all credits containing the artist's real forename (or its initial) or only the surname (or misspellings thereof).

Thielemans began playing the accordion at an early age and taught himself how to play the guitar after being introduced to the music of Django Rheinhardt. After visiting the US in 1948, he was invited to accompany Benny Goodman on his European tour. In 1952 he emigrated to US and became a citizen in 1957. During this period he was mainly active as a member of the George Shearing Quintet. In 1955 he recorded his first album as a leader on the Columbia label. After the Quintet was disbanded, Thielemans returned to Europe, performing widely in Sweden and Germany. In 1969 he recorded an album with Brazilian singer Elis Regina, the start of a fascination with bossa nova that would eventually result in collaborations with the likes of Astrud Gilberto, Chico Buarque and Oscar Castro-Neves. After suffering a stroke in 1981 he had more difficulty playing the guitar and started concentrating even more on the harmonica.

His most famous composition is Bluesette, which has become a standard. With a larger audience he is perhaps best-known for performing the Sesame Street theme. He also appeared on numerous soundtracks, most notably The Pawnbroker (1964), Midnight Cowboy (1969), The Getaway (1972), Turks Fruit (1973) and Jean de Florette (1986). Many of those were scored by his long-term collaborator Quincy Jones.

On 12 March 2014 Toots Thielemans announced his retirement. He would only appear one more time in concert at Jazz Middelheim that same year, the festival with which he was closely associated for decades. Among the honors he received were the title of baron in the Belgian nobility (2001) and that of Jazz Master by the National Endowment For The Arts (2009).
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SM 6006 Toots Thielemans - The Soul Of Toots Thielemans album art Toots Thielemans & Ray Bryant Trio Toots Thielemans & Ray Bryant Trio - The Soul Of Toots Thielemans (Album) Signature (4) SM 6006 US 1960 Sell This Version
SLPHM 237 559 Toots Thielemans - Blues Pour Flirter album art Toots Thielemans Blues Pour Flirter (Album) Polydor, Polydor SLPHM 237 559 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
237556 SLPHM Toots Thielemans - Road To Romance album art "Toots" Thielemans* With Orchestra Directed By Kurt Edelhagen* "Toots" Thielemans* With Orchestra Directed By Kurt Edelhagen* - Road To Romance (Comp) Polydor, Polydor 237556 SLPHM Germany 1961 Sell This Version
MLP 15089 Toots Thielemans - Toots album art Toots Thielemans Toots(LP, Album, Mono) Metronome MLP 15089 Sweden 1961 Sell This Version
C 83342 Toots Thielemans - Jazz Workshop Concert - Ruhrfestspiele 1962 album art Friedrich Gulda, Herb Geller, Toots Thielemans, Ack Van Rooyen, Hans Koller Friedrich Gulda, Herb Geller, Toots Thielemans, Ack Van Rooyen, Hans Koller - Jazz Workshop Concert - Ruhrfestspiele 1962 Columbia C 83342 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
HLP 10.501 Toots Thielemans - Toots Thielemans album art Toots Thielemans Toots Thielemans (Album) Metronome HLP 10.501 Scandinavia 1963 Sell This Version
ABCS-1501 Toots Thielemans - The Whistler And His Guitar album art Toots Thielemans The Whistler And His Guitar (Album) ABC-Paramount ABCS-1501 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
PHS 600-188 Toots Thielemans - Too Much! Toots! album art Toots Thielemans Too Much! Toots! Philips PHS 600-188 US 1965 Sell This Version
843 510 PY Toots Thielemans - Bezaubernde Background Musik album art Toots Thielemans Bezaubernde Background Musik(LP) Philips 843 510 PY Germany 1965 Sell This Version
NDL-32206 Toots Thielemans - Contrasts... The Provocative Musical Genius Of Toots Thielemans album art Toots Thielemans Contrasts... The Provocative Musical Genius Of Toots Thielemans (Album) Command, Command NDL-32206 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
184 083 Toots Thielemans - A Musical Flirtation With Toots Thielemans album art Toots Thielemans A Musical Flirtation With Toots Thielemans (Album) Polydor 184 083 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
GMX 5033 Toots Thielemans - Toots On Tour album art Toots Thielemans Toots On Tour (Album) Philips GMX 5033 UK 1968 Sell This Version
COM-A-930 Toots Thielemans - Toots album art Toots Thielemans Toots (Album) Command COM-A-930 US 1968 Sell This Version
PY 842 564 Toots Thielemans - Elis & Toots album art Elis* & Toots* Elis* & Toots* - Elis & Toots (Album) Philips PY 842 564 Sweden 1969 Sell This Version
6343 213 Toots Thielemans - Toots In Holland album art Toots Thielemans Met Orkest o.l.v. Bert Paige Toots Thielemans Met Orkest o.l.v. Bert Paige - Toots In Holland (Album) Philips 6343 213 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
873 039 UBY Toots Thielemans - A Taste Of Toots album art Toots Thielemans A Taste Of Toots (Album) Philips 873 039 UBY Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
SP-3613 Toots Thielemans - Yesterday And Today album art Toots* And Svend* Toots* And Svend* - Yesterday And Today (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records SP-3613 US 1973 Sell This Version
87294 IT Toots Thielemans - Toots & Svend album art Toots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen Toots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen - Toots & Svend (Album) Sonet 87294 IT Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
CRS 1007 Toots Thielemans - Captured Alive album art Toots Thielemans Captured Alive (Album) Choice (7) CRS 1007 US 1974 Sell This Version
2491 003 Toots Thielemans - Live album art Toots Thielemans Live (Album) Polydor 2491 003 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
KT 444.057, KT 444 057 Toots Thielemans - Toots Thielemans / Philip Catherine / & Friends album art Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine - Toots Thielemans / Philip Catherine / & Friends (Album) Keytone, Keytone KT 444.057, KT 444 057 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
2419 057 Toots Thielemans - Dunderklumpen album art Toots Thielemans Och Beppe Wolgers Toots Thielemans Och Beppe Wolgers - Dunderklumpen (Album) Polydor 2419 057 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
2925 029 Toots Thielemans - Old Friend album art Toots Thielemans Old Friend (Album) Polydor 2925 029 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
5C 052.96491, 5C 052-96491 Toots Thielemans - Sweet & Lovely album art Toots Thielemans Sweet & Lovely(LP, Album) ABC Records, ABC Records 5C 052.96491, 5C 052-96491 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
2925 039 Toots Thielemans - Sherlock Jones Original Soundtrack album art Toots Thielemans Sherlock Jones Original Soundtrack(LP) Polydor 2925 039 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version