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Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (29 April 1922 – 22 August 2016), known professionally as Toots Thielemans, was a Belgian jazz musician. He was mostly known for his chromatic harmonica playing, as well as his guitar and whistling skills, and composing. According to jazz historian Ted Gioia, his most important contribution was in "championing the humble harmonica", which Thielemans made into a "legitimate voice in jazz". He eventually became the "preeminent" jazz harmonica player.

His first professional performances were with Benny Goodman's band when they toured Europe in 1949 and 1950. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1951, becoming a citizen in 1957. From 1953 to 1959 he played with George Shearing, and then led his own groups on tours in the U.S. and Europe. In 1961 he recorded and performed live one of his own compositions, "Bluesette", which featured him playing guitar and whistling. In the 1970s and 1980s, he continued touring and recording, appearing with musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Werner, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Mina Mazzini, Elis Regina, Quincy Jones, George Shearing, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Paquito D'Rivera.

Thielemans recorded the soundtracks for The Pawnbroker (1964), Midnight Cowboy (1969), The Getaway (1972), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Sugarland Express (1974) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). His harmonica theme song for the popular Sesame Street TV show was heard for 40 years. He often performed and recorded with Quincy Jones, who once called him "one of the greatest musicians of our time." In 2009 he was designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor for a jazz musician in the United States.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1955The Sound: The Amazing Jean "Toots" ThielemansToots Thielemans2
1962Jazz Workshop Concert - Ruhrfestspiele 1962Friedrich Gulda, Herb Geller, Toots Thielemans, Ack van Rooyen, Hans Koller1
1964The Whistler and His GuitarToots Thielemans1
1969Aquarela do BrasilToots Thielemans & Elis Regina4
1974Captured AliveToots Thielemans1
1974LiveToots Thielemans1
1974Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine & FriendsToots Thielemans32
1976MoodsRogier van Otterloo featuring Thijs van Leer - Louis van Dyke - Toots Thielemans1
1978AffinityBill Evans & Toots Thielemans2
1983Changing MoodsGasty Meyer, The Belgian All Stars Big Band Featuring Benny Bailey & "Toots" Thielemans1
1985Apple DimpleToots Thielemans2
1986Just FriendsToots Thielemans, Johnny Teupen & Paul Kuhn52
1987Toots & SvendToots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen1
1988Only Trust Your HeartToots Thielemans2
1989Toots Thielmans in TokyoToots Thielemans1
1990FootprintsToots Thielemans1
1990Man Bites Harmonica!Toots Thielemans3
1991For My LadyToots Thielemans2
1991Fly to L.A.Dirk K. Featuring Randy BreckerWolfgang EngstfeldNippy Noya Special Guest Toots Thielemans1
1992Compact Jazz: Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans1
1992Martial Solal, Toots ThielemansMartial Solal , Toots Thielemans1
1992Red Square Blue: Jazz Impressions of Russian ComposersFred Hersch, James Newton, Toots Thielemans, Phil Woods, Erik Friedlander, Steve LaSpina & Jeff Hirshfield1
1992The Brasil ProjectToots Thielemans1
1993AireginToots Thielemans1
1993The Brasil Project, Volume IIToots Thielemans1
1994BluesetteToots Thielemans1
1994East Coast West CoastToots Thielemans1
1994CollageToots Thielemans1
1994OzioLibens featuring Toots Thielemans and Maurizio Giammarco1
1995Bringing it TogetherStéphane Grappelli & Toots Thielemans1
1995Your Precious LoveToots Thielemans1
1997TOOTS 75 The Birthday AlbumToots Thielemans1
1998Chez TootsToots Thielemans2
1998Penthouse SerenadeToots Thielemans1
1999Toots!Toots Thielemans2
2000The Best of Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans1
2000Jazz in Paris: Blues pour FlirterToots Thielemans3
2001Toots Tielemans & Kenny WernerToots Thielemans, Kenny Werner1
2004Lady Be GoodDanish Radio Big Band & Etta Cameron featuring Toots Thielemans1
2005When I See YouBill Ramsey & Toots Thielemans2
2006One More for the RoadToots Thielemans2
2008Christian Escoudé GroupChristian Escoudé Group feat. Toots Thielemans1
2010European Quartet LiveToots Thielemans1
2010The Soul Of Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans With Ray Bryant, Tommy Bryant, Oliver Jackson1
Midnight CowboyToots Thielemans1
Quiet EveningsToots Thielemans1
Time Out For TootsToots Thielemans1
Yesterday and TodayToots and Svend1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1985The Silver CollectionToots Thielemans2
1987Ne Me Quitte Pas / Do Not Leave MeToots Thielemans1
1992Hamonica JazzToots Thielemans1
1995Toots Thielemans 1955-1957Toots Thielemans1
1995Toots in SwedenToots Thielemans1
1996Verve Jazz Masters 59Toots Thielemans1
2000The Very Best Of (Hard to Say Goodbye)Toots Thielemans1
2001BluesetteToots Thielemans1
2001Quiet EveningsToots Thielemans1
2004Toots Blues 1950–1952Toots Thielemans & Les Thompson1
2009Fender RhodesRob Franken Featuring Jimmy Owens, Clark Terry, Ernie Wilkins & Jean 'Toots' Thielemans1
2012The Best OfToots Thielemans1
2017The Real... Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans1
Smile - Het beste van TootsToots Thielemans1
The Sound of Toots Thielemans With the Bert Paige OrchestraToots Thielemans1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1991Boys: Music From the Motion Picture SoundtrackThe Radios, B.J. Scott, Tom Wolf, Ludo Mariman, Sanne, Helmut Lotti, Made by Men, Storm Daisy, Ronny, Toots, Bart & Robert1
2004Music From the Motion Picture: Between a Smile and a Tear (A Tribute to Jazzclub Montmartre in Copenhagen)Johnny Griffin, Toots Thielemans, Lisa Nilsson, Didier Lockwood, Niels Lan Doky, Mads Vinding & Albert “Tootie” Heath1
2017La nuit ensoleillée: Original SoundtrackPhilippe Sarde, Toots Thielemans & Larry Coryell1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1978Live 3Toots Thielemans1
1982Live in the NetherlandsToots Thielemans, Joe Pass & Niels‐Henning Ørsted Pedersen3
1982Live 2Toots Thielemans1
1987LiveToots Thielemans2
1995Concerto Pour HarmonicaToots Thielemans, Fred Hersch, Big Band de Lausanne & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne1
1999The Live Takes, Volume 1Toots Thielemans1
Ne Me Quitte Pas: Live in BrusselsToots Thielemans1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2006Together WithToots Thielemans together with Beth Hart, Till Brönner1

Other + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1995Yesterday & TodayToots Thielemans1

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