Live at le Chapiteau

Live at le Chapiteau

Toots Thielemans

Label: Challenge Jazz
Format: DVD music
Barcode: 0608917018028
Catalog number: CHR 70180
Releasedate: 23-11-12
Live at le Chapiteau Opera de Liege, May 17, 2012: an unforgettable and unique 90 years birthday-concert on DVD of the legendary Toots Thielemans and his European Quartet with special guests: Kenny Werner (piano) and Trijntje Oosterhuis (vocals)
  • This is a live DVD, his anniversary-concert to celebrate Toots' 90th birthday
  • The concert is recorded at Le Chapiteau in Liege, May 17th 2012
  • Special guests on this album are Kenny Werner (piano) and Trijntje Oosterhuis (vocals)
  • Toots is a living jazz icon
  • Toots is the most famous chromatic harmonica player in the world
  • He is one of those rare musicians that are able to touch a wide range of listeners
  • Thielemans has worked with lots of famous people such as Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others
  • A true star amongst stars
  • A man who - literally - breathes music
Last spring one of the world's famous jazz icons turned 90 years old!
His anniversary is honored in a very special manner: with the cd 90yrs and a special bonus DVD that were released early 2012 but now we also have 'Live at le Chapiteau' Opera de Liege, May 17, 2012: an unforgettable and unique 90 years birthday-concert on DVD of the legendary Toots Thielemans and his European Quartet with special guests: Kenny Werner (piano) and Trijntje Oosterhuis (vocals)

Pianist Karel Boehlee, drummer Hans van Oosterhout and double-bass player Hein Van de Geyn support Toots in the passion which is for him like breathing: making music!
To play music to his audience is the only thing Toots Thielemans wants in his life.
This DVD is a feast for the ears and eyes and very touching indeed!
Jean´Toots´ Thielemans was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1922. He immigrated to the USA in 1952. At the age of three he could already play the accordion and started playing harmonica as a hobby. Toots was `hooked´ on Jazz during German occupation and his first big idol was Django Reinhardt.

Another early influence was Charlie Parker. The first international breakthrough was him joining Benny Goodman on European concert tour in 1950. Other early US jobs: member of Charlie Parker's All Stars in Philadelphia; George Shearing Quintet; ...

Thielemans once started his career as a guitar player. In 1949 he joined a jam session in Paris with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach and others. It all started there: after tje jam session in Paris he participated in European tours with Benny Goodman, making his first record in Paris with fellow band member, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. A year later he became a band member of the singer-songwriter and compatriot Bobbejaan Schoepen (at the time still as a guitarist). He moved to the US where he was a member of Charlie Parker's All-Stars and worked with Miles Davis and Dinah Washington. He played and recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Jaco Pastorius, Peggy Lee, The George Shearing Quintet, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, The Happenings, Astrud Gilberto, Shirley Horn, Elis Regina and others.

A jazz standard composed by Toots Thielemans is "Bluesette" where he used whistling and guitar in unison. It was first recorded by Toots, now 50 years ago, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel the song became a major worldwide hit. His harmonica playing can also be heard in film scores such as Midnight Cowboy, Jean de Florette, Sugarland Express, The Yakuza, Turkish Delight, The Getaway, French Kiss, Dunderklumpen, and in various TV programs, including Sesame Street, the Belgian TV series Witse, and the Dutch TV series Baantjer. He composed the music for the 1974 Swedish film Dunderklumpen! in which he also voiced the animated character Pellegnillot. His whistling and harmonica playing can be heard on Old Spice radio and TV commercials that have been made over the years.

During the 80's Toots performed with bassist and composer/bandleader Jaco Pastorius in ensembles ranging from duet to the Word of Mouth Big Band. In the early 80's he contributed to Billy Joel's album An Innocent Man, and his trademark harmonica can be heard on "Leave a Tender Moment Alone." A year later, he appeared on the Julian Lennon song "Too Late For Goodbyes" from the album Valotte. In 1984, he recorded the final album of Billy Eckstine (I Am A Singer), featuring very beautiful ballads and standards arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo.

The 90's Thielemans embarked on theme projects that included world music. In 1998 he released a French flavoured album titled "Chez Toots" that included the Les Moulins De Mon Coeur (The Mills of my Heart) featuring guest singer Johnny Mathis. Apart from his popularity as an accomplished musician, he is well liked for his modesty and kind demeanor. In his native Belgium, he is also popular for describing himself as a Brussels "ket", which means "street kid" in old Brussels slang. He received a joint honorary doctorate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and in 2001 Thielemans was ennobled a baron by King Albert II of Belgium. In 2005 he was nominated for the title of The Greatest Belgian. In the Flemish version he ended 20th place, in the Walloon version he ended 44th place. In October 2008, he was honored with the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship. On 23 January 2009, he joined Philip Catherine on stage at the Liberchies church (Belgium) in memory of the 100th anniversary of Django Reinhardt's birth.

Some more successes of Toots Thielemans:
  • Toots composed the famous "Bluesette" in 1962
  • Originated new sound : Whistling and guitar in unison
  • Whistler for commercials : Best known "Old Spice"
  • Harmonica soloist for film scores: Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway, Sugarland Express, Cinderella Liberty, Turks Fruit, Jean de Florette,....
  • Concerts and recordings with names like George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Natalie Cole, Pat Metheny, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, ...
  • Harmonica Soloist - TV : Sesame Street
  • Perennial winner of Down Beat readers and critics poll "miscellaneous instruments"