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Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in July 2005. He's celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of concerts throughout his native Belgium.
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May 18, 2012 Whistling guitarist and harmonica master Toots Thielemans has played in everything from Charlie Parker's band to commercials for Old Spice. In his childhood home of Brussels — really, throughout his homeland — the celebration of his 90th birthday is on.
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October 27, 2011 We celebrate the harmonica master's 90th birthday with a concert from the Kennedy Center.
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September 30, 2011 Thielemans is the unrivaled master of the jazz harmonica, with a trademark style recognized the world over. His list of recording credits is a mile long and includes work with countless greats, from Ella Fitzgerald to Quincy Jones.
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March 27, 2008 Thielemans is the man who made the harmonica a jazz instrument. In a Brazilian-heavy set recorded at the 2005 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, he's joined by Oscar Castro-Neves, Airto, and pianist Kenny Werner. Now in his 80s, Thielemans still loves to play. Collaboration between WBGO and WGBH.
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