Today, Toots Thielemans would have been 100. For this anniversary, Google has decided to pay tribute to him on its homepage with a colorful Doodle representing the most famous harmonica player.
A “Doodle” is what Google calls for changes to its logo to celebrate holidays and birthdays, as well as to commemorate the lives of artists, scientists or famous pioneers. Today, it is the Belgian Toots Thielemans who is honored on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The Doodle is visible in many countries: Belgium of course, but also Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Greece, the United States and Brazil in particular. “Recognized for his talents as a chromatic harmonica player, he made a name for himself in the jazz genre. He also played guitar and rose through the international ranks throughout his musical career. Today’s Doodle, illustrated by guest artist Melissa Crowton, hits all the right notes as it celebrates Toots Thielemans’ contributions to the world of jazz on what would be his 100th anniversary..” can we read on the Google site which explains the Doodles of the day. “I am touched by the idea that this wonderful illustration of Toots is visible in several countries“commented his widow Huguette Thielemans.
It is a sure proof that his personality, his music and his heritage go beyond borders, even today. His fame still vibrates, it makes me so happy.
We explained to you in this article, when and why the Doodles were created.
Google is obviously not the only one to pay homage to this immense artist who marked the history of jazz and gave his letters of nobility to the harmonica. In Brussels, his city of birth, several big events are planned, starting with a very beautiful exhibition entitled “The Sound of a Belgian Legend”, which has just opened at the KBR (Royal Library of Belgium located at the Mont des Arts). Discover the report on the exhibition below.
Tonight, you can follow a live tribute concert by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and the Metropol Orkest, joined by Kenny Werner, Grégoire Maret and Philip Catherine at Bozar. This concert will be broadcast live on Musiq3, more information here.
And finally, on our website, you will discover many articles and programs about him to rediscover the life and work of this artist who marked several generations of musicians and who played with the greatest.