Jazz Harmonica Great Toots Thielemans Has Died, Taking Part of My Childhood with Him

Toots Thielemans brought the harmonica to jazz. He ended up playing with greats like Miles Davis, Benny Goodman and many others. H also contributed performances to innumerable soundtracks, including the theme from Midnight Cowboy. Even if you’ve never heard his name before, you know this one thing he did.

Toots died Monday at the age of 94.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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