Google honors Toots Thielemans for its centenary

Orange, blue, black, a few hints of yellow and pink… Toots Thielemans is swinging colors on Google’s home page on Friday. The famous Belgian jazzman would have been 100 years old on April 29.

The search engine’s revamped logo illustrates the harmonica player surrounded by a symphony of instruments: guitar, trumpet, piano, saxophone and drums are in tune to celebrate the Marolles ket that has become an international star. Toots Thielemans, who died in 2016, will have played with other big names such as Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee and Sting. Between gypsy, cool or Latin jazz, swing and bebop, the virtuoso has recorded 21 discs, but also soundtracks for the cinema and even the credits of an educational television program broadcast in the United States. “I am touched by the idea that this wonderful illustration of Toots is visible in several countries“, either in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Brazil and the United States, 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.

► Mont des Arts – The legacy of Toots Thielemans

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the cheerful Brussels resident, concerts and exhibitions are also organized in the Belgian capital.

Belga, photo: Google capture

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