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Toots Thielemans

Toots Thielemans

1922 - 2016

Origin: Belgium / United States

Main instrument: Harmonica

Genre: Jazz

Following in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Larry Adler, the pioneering harmonica player Toots Thielemans has elevated his "miscellaneous instrument" into an art form. Not only has he established the harmonica as a jazz instrument, playing it with the fluidity and speed of a saxophone, but also adapted it to pop and world music. With a career spanning more than half a century, the artist, also a guitarist and accomplished whistler, has gained widespread success while maintaining the respect of jazz purists.


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