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Toots Thielemans

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Toots Thielemans virtually introduced the chromatic harmonica being a jazz device. In fact, from the middle-’50s, he never really had a close competition. Thielemans simply performed the harmonica using the dexterity of the saxophonist and also successfully exchanged off with famous brands Oscar Peterson. Thielemans’ initial device was the accordion, which he began when he was three. Although he began playing the harmonica when he was 17, Thielemans’ primary reputation was produced being a guitarist who was simply inspired by Django Reinhardt. Quite definitely available to bop, Thielemans performed in American GI night clubs in Europe, seen the U.S. for the very first time in 1947, and distributed the bandstand with Charlie Parker on the Paris Jazz Celebration of 1949. He toured European countries being a guitarist using the Benny Goodman Sextet in 1950, and the next year transferred to the U.S. During 1953-1959, Toots was an associate from the George Shearing Quintet (mainly being a guitarist) and freelanced for the rest of his extended profession in music. He initial documented his big strike, “Bluesette” (which highlighted his professional whistling and electric guitar) in 1961, and was eventually in great demand (especially for his harmonica and his whistling) on pop information (including many schedules with Quincy Jones) so when a jazz soloist. Toots’ two-volume Brasil Task was popular within the 1990s and discovered him effortlessly interacting on harmonica with best Brazilian musicians. Noticed on numerous film soundtracks (including Breakfast time at Tiffany’s and Midnight Cowboy) and in addition on the starting theme of television’s Sesame Road, Thielemans received Jazz Professional honors in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts in ’09 2009. He passed away in Belgium in August 2016 at age 94.

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Full Name Toots Thielemans
Date Of Birth April 29, 1922
Died August 22, 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Spouse Huguette Tuytschaever, Nette De Greef
Siblings Marie-Françoise Thielemans
Music Songs Bluesette, Isn't She Lovely, Only Trust Your Heart, Do Not Leave Me, Ne me quitte pas, Circle of Smiles, Dat Mistige Rooie Beest, Midnight Cowboy, Sophisticated Lady, Theme From Midnight Cowboy, Dance For Victor, Days of Wine and Roses, One for My Baby, That Misty Red Beast, Waltz for Sonny, Rosa Turbinata, Cocktails For Two, I Do It For Your Love, Big Bossa, Wave, Sno' Peas, Les Moulins de mon cœur, Wilsamba, For My Lady, Killer Joe, Five for Elis, The Dolphin, Here's That Rainy Day, Começar de Novo, Yesterday and Today, As Time Goes By, Scotch on the Rock
Albums Affinity, The Brasil Project, Chez Toots, Man Bites Harmonica!, The Whistler & His Guitar, Time Out for Toots, Fender Rhodes, Toots Thielemans Harmonica (Live), Aquarela do Brasil, Toots Tielemans & Kenny Werner, Toots & Svend, Chiko's Bar, Road to Romance, Toots Thielemans 90, Toots Thielemans Plays Bluesette & Other Hits, Toot's Quartet (Mono Version), Toots möter Taube, In Tokyo, Toots Thielemans 'Toots'. Tony Mottola 'Heart and Soul', 90 yrs., The Real... Toots Thielemans, Santa Is Coming, Lady Be Good, Images, Toots Thielemans (Remastered), Airegin, Jazz Legends from Belgium, Two Generations, Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) : His Sound and Soul Volume 4, Classics - Toots Thielemans, 30 Essentials of Toots Thielemans (Mono Version), Live in Brussels, Blowball, Michigan, The Best of Toots Thielemans, Verve Jazz Masters 59, The Soul Of Toots Thielemans, Jazz Legend, Bluesette + Man Bites Harmonica + Road to Romance, The Soul of Toots (Bonus Track Version), The Amazing Sound Of Toots Thielemans, Bluesette : Jazz Series (50 Original Tracks - Digitally Remastered), Tune in to, Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) : His Sound and Soul Volume 3, The Masters, Records For You, Nearly Invisible, Colorful Garden
Movies Dunderklumpen, One Woman or Two, Zware jongens, Yasha, The Little Blonde Death, Falstaff on the Moon, De dwaze lotgevallen van Sherlock Jones, One Could Laugh in Former Days, Jazz Master Class Series from NYU: Toots Thielemans, Camping


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baantjer TV Series musician - 124 episodes, 1995 - 2006 soloist - 1 episode, 2006
Witse 2004 TV Series musician: harmonica solo
Tom & Thomas 2002 musician: harmonica soloist - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 musician: harmonica
Hard Rain 1998 musician: harmonica solo
French Kiss 1995 musician: harmonica solo
Intersection 1994 musician: harmonica performances
Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 musician: harmonica solo
Manon of the Spring 1986 musician: harmonica solo
Jean de Florette 1986 musician: harmonica solo
As Summers Die 1986 TV Movie harmonica
L'homme aux yeux d'argent 1985 musician: harmonica
Hello 1984 Short musician: soloist
Vroeger kon je lachen 1983 solist: mondharmonica
Arthur 1981 musician: harmonica solo
Le guignolo 1980 musician: harmonica
Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 musician: Guitar, harmonica and whistle - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans
The Wiz 1978 musician: harmonica - uncredited
Aufforderung zum Tanz 1977 TV Movie musician: harmonica
Sesamstraat 1976 TV Series musician
The Sugarland Express 1974 harmonica: solos - as 'Toots' Thielemans
Salut l'artiste 1973 musician: harmonica solo
Turkish Delight 1973 musician: harmonica solo
The Getaway 1972 musician: harmonica solos
Brother John 1971 musician: harmonica solo
Adam at Six A.M. 1970 musician: harmonica - as Jean Toots Thielemans
Midnight Cowboy 1969 musician: harmonica played by - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans
Banning 1967 musician: harmonica - uncredited
The Young Savages 1961 musician: harmonica - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manglehorn 2014 performer: "Adagio Assai from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major"
Bi no tsubo TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Missing Person 2009 performer: "Adagio Assai - Concerto For Piano and Orchestra in G major" - as Toots Theilemans
Jacques Brel op de Marquisen 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: "Ne me quitte pas"
Sex and the City 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barend en Van Dorp 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Next Stop Wonderland 1998 performer: "Aquarela do Brasil"
French Kiss 1995 performer: "I Love Paris"
Funny About Love 1990 Harmonica Performances
Cinq jours en juin 1989 lyrics: "Love Makes The Change"
Faubourg St Martin 1986 writer: "Bluesette" - as Jean Thielemans
Le guignolo 1980 "Toots Solo" / performer: "Guignolo Romantique", "Guignolo Vaudeville", "Guignolo Policier", "Bibou Blues", "Guignolo Burlesque", "Chinois"
Cinderella Liberty 1973 as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans, "You're So Nice To Be Around", "Wednesday Special"
Stars of Jazz 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Store danskere 2005 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Salutations distinguées 1994 Short
Falstaff on the Moon 1993 Short
De kleine blonde dood 1993
Der kleine Staatsanwalt 1987
One Woman or Two 1985
Yasha 1985
Zware jongens 1984
Camping 1978
De dwaze Lotgevallen van Sherlock Jones 1975 as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans
Dunderklumpen! 1974
Together 1969 TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dunderklumpen! 1974 Pellegnillot (voice)
Svenska öden 1963 TV Mini-Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Help Haïti 2010 TV Movie Himself
Christmas in Paris 2008 Himself
Between a Smile and a Tear 2005 Video Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2003 TV Series Himself - Musical Support
Barend en Van Dorp 2001 TV Series Himself - Musician
TROS TV Show 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Champs-Elysées 1984 TV Series Himself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The Paul Simon Special 1977 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Himself - mouth organist
Hit-Journal 1976 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Jazz Musician
Together 1969 TV Movie Himself - Guitarist - Mouth Organist
Eine Frau mit Pfiff 1967 TV Movie Himself (as Jean Toots Thielemans)
Echo 1966 TV Series Himself
Jazzprisma 1965 TV Movie Himself - Guitar Player
The Jimmy Dean Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Mahalia Jackson Show 1961 TV Movie Himself - Harmonica
Stars of Jazz 1957 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nathalie Loriers: A Lady in Jazz 2005 TV Movie Himself

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