Toots Thielemans 90th Birthday Tour

Two bollekes in the Groenplaats in Antwerp. What better way to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30th April, than to raise them in honour of Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, universally known as Toots. 

30th April, in Antwerp, is the opening concert of the harmonica-playing jazz legend's 90th birthday tour. The Smithsonian transcribed a lovely interview with him when he was made an NEA fellow. The actual birthday falls on April 29th - same day as Duke Ellington's. The complete tour dates (they're all in Belgium, but he's covering the whole territory) are at  toots90.be.

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