Toots Thielemans

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Fri May 18, 2012

The Harmonica-Playing Baron Of Belgium

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.
Rick Nederstigt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:00 pm

People throughout Belgium are currently celebrating the harmonica player and guitarist Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, born in Brussels on April 29, 1922. That puts the NEA Jazz Master, also made a Baron by the King of Belgium in 2001, just a few days past 90.

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