Toots Thielemans

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Legal name: Jean Thielemans

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Toots Thielemans (born Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans on 29 April 1922, Brussels, Belgium) is a Belgian jazz musician known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his whistling. Thielemans is credited as one of the greatest harmonica players of the 20th century.

He has worked as a bandleader (scoring an international hit in the 1960s with his song "Bluesette") and as a sideman (notably on many projects with composer/arranger Quincy Jones), and has appeared on dozens of film soundtracks. In 2009 he became NEA Jazz Master, the highest honour for a jazz musician in the United States.

He may be best known to some as the performer whistling the melody in commercials for Old Spice cologne, and to others for performing the Sesame Street theme on harmonica. (See below.)

He announced his retirement, at the age of 91, on 12 March 2014. He took the stage since once, as a surprise act on 17 August 2014, at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, to perform an intimate version of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 The Sound: The Amazing Jean "Toots" Thielemans Toots Thielemans 1
1969 Aquarela do Brasil Toots Thielemans & Elis Regina 4
1974 Live Toots Thielemans 1
1978 Affinity Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans 2
1981 When I See You Bill Ramsey & Toots Thielemans 2
1985 Apple Dimple Toots Thielemans 1
1985 Toots Thielemans/Philip Catherine and friends Toots Thielemans 1
1988 Only Trust Your Heart Toots Thielemans 1
1990 Footprints Toots Thielemans 1
1991 For My Lady Toots Thielemans 1
1992 Compact Jazz: Toots Thielemans Toots Thielemans 1
1992 Red Square Blue: Jazz Impressions of Russian Composers Fred Hersch, James Newton, Toots Thielemans, Phil Woods, Erik Friedlander, Steve LaSpina & Jeff Hirshfield 1
1993 The Brasil Project, Volume II Toots Thielemans 1
1994 Bluesette Toots Thielemans 1
1994 East Coast West Coast Toots Thielemans 1
1994 Collage Toots Thielemans 1
1998 Chez Toots Toots Thielemans 1
1998 Penthouse Serenade Toots Thielemans 1
1999 Toots! Toots Thielemans 2
2000 The Best of Toots Thielemans Toots Thielemans 1
2000 Blues pour Flirter Toots Thielemans 1
2001 Toots Tielemans & Kenny Werner Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner 1
2003 Just Friends Toots Thielemans, Johnny Teupen & Paul Kuhn 1
2006 One More for the Road Toots Thielemans 1
2006 Man Bites Harmonica! Toots Thielemans 1
2010 European Quartet Live Toots Thielemans 1
Bringing it Together Stéphane Grappelli & Toots Thielemans 1
Midnight Cowboy Toots Thielemans 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Ne Me Quitte Pas / Do Not Leave Me Toots Thielemans 1
1995 Toots Thielemans 1955-1957 Toots Thielemans 1
1996 Verve Jazz Masters 59 Toots Thielemans 1
2000 The Very Best Of (Hard to Say Goodbye) Toots Thielemans 1
2001 Bluesette Toots Thielemans 1
2001 Quiet Evenings Toots Thielemans 1
2012 The Best Of Toots Thielemans 1
2012 The Best Of Toots Thielemans 1
The Silver Collection Toots Thielemans 1
The Sound of Toots Thielemans With the Bert Paige Orchestra Toots Thielemans 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live Toots Thielemans 1
Ne Me Quitte Pas: Live in Brussels Toots Thielemans 1
The Live Takes, Volume 1 Toots Thielemans 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Yesterday & Today Toots Thielemans 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Airegin Toots Thielemans 1
The Brasil Project Toots Thielemans 1
TOOTS 75 The Birthday Album Toots Thielemans 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live in the Netherlands Toots Thielemans 1

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