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Monday, August 22, 2016

Not a Good Week For Guitarists who played with George Shearing - RIP Toots Thielemans

Hot on the heels of the death of Louis Stewart two days ago comes the news that guitarist/harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans passed away earlier today.
Both men were members of the various  George Shearing Quintets at one time or another. Belgian-born Thielemans, after 5 years with Shearing, became better known as a jazz harmonica player and was featured on many albums both jazz and otherwise. I read he played the theme music on Sesame Street and a lot of blockbuster movies.  
I remember him most for that lovely, perhaps the best ever, jazz waltz - Bluesette. I'd like to think that every band in the world, on their next gig, plays Bluesette in memory of this great musician who died today aged 94.*
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Bluesette.
2005 interview.
Lance.
* Let me know if you played Bluesette on your next gig.

2 comments :

KneelC said...

A sad day, Toots was a prolific purveyor of music but is probably remembered best for not only being the harmonica player on Sesame Street but also for the iconic title music to the film Midnight Cowboy

Liz said...

I remember Rosemary Squires used to sing "Bluesette" I always loved her jazzy voice.

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