Toots Thielemans


Oral History Information

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Musician, Harmonicist

Toots Thielemans enjoyed an incredible career as both a jazz guitarist and a jazz harmonica player. In fact, it is Toots who is credited for bringing the harmonica to jazz. He has performed with nearly every great jazz icon of the century including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock. Toots composed the jazz standard “Bluesette” and “Ladyfingers.” With a laugh and a smile Toots recalled his life during his NAMM interview, ending with “I believe in music, don’t you?”