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Monday, August 22, 2016

Death of a jazz legend

This morning, jazz legend Toots Thielemans died in his sleep, aged 94. He was taken into hospital after a fall some time ago.

Jean Baptiste Fréderic Isidor - Toots - Thielemans was born in Brussels, in a neighborhood called De Marollen. He was fascinated by jazz and learned to play the harmonica when he was only three years old. Later on he emigrated to the USA and became an American citizen.

He will be well-remembered by the music he left, especially the tune 'Bluesette'. He's also worked together, or made records, with Ella Fitzgerald, Quinccy Jones, Natalie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others.


2016 is a year when many a legend is leaving us.

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