RIP Toots Theilemans

Belgian jazz harmonica player Jean-Baptiste ‘Toots’ Theilemans passed away last night. Now even if you’ve never heard of him if you’re in you were a kid in the late 1960s, 1970s or early 1980s you’ll know some of his playing: he was the harmonica player for the original Sesame Street closing theme song. So in a bout of nostalgia for one of the first jazz musicians I listened to- even before I knew what jazz was!- here’s the original closing theme- check out the improv from 1.00 onwards!

 

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