Google Doodle Celebrates Harmonica Legend Toots Thielemans' 100th Birthday

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The Belgian musician and composer turned the harmonica into a respected jazz instrument.


Toots slot  Thielemen took the often-underappreciated instrument of the harmonica, gave it the sound of soul and, in the words of one jazz historian, turned it into "a legitimate voice of jazz."

The Belgian jazz musician was also known for his guitar skills, whistling and composing, but it was his chromatic harmonica playing that made him the pre-eminent jazz harmonica player. Over the course of a career that lasted the better part of seven decades,

Thielemans performed with jazz and blues legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones, the latter who called Thielemans "one of the greatest musicians of our time.To celebrate Thielemans' contribution to music, Google on Friday dedicated its Doodle to the jazz great on his 100th birthday.