Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Toots Thielemans

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: Toots Thielemans

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Toots Thielemans * The legendary jazz harmonica player died Monday (Aug. 22, 2016) in his native Belgium at the age of 94, Belgian media reported.

His manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said, "There were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out."

Mr. Thielemans was hospitalized last month after a fall, and reportedly died in his sleep.

Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans was a legend in his own right but also played with jazz greats Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones and Miles Davis as well as stars like Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Billy Joel.

Born in Brussels, Mr. Thielemans started playing the harmonica as a hobby and got "contaminated" by the jazz virus during the German occupation, according to his website.

"It's such a freak of an instrument," Mr. Thielemans said in a 1992 interview. …

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