Credited as among the greatest harmonica players in the world, Belgian jazz musician Jean Toots Thielemans began his professional career at a jam session in Paris in 1949 as a guitarist with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis.
While touring Europe with Benny Goodman in 1949 and '50 he cut he made his his first recordings with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims.
After relocating to the U.S. in 1952 "Toots" worked as a member of Charlie Parker's All-Stars and the "George Shearing Quintet" in addition to the groups of Dinah Washington and Miles Davis.
He would also perform with Ella Fitzgerald, Stephane Grappelli, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Joe Pass.
In 1962 Thielemans scored an international hit with his composition "Bluesette" a tune in which he incorporates whistling over his guitar.
Both his whistling and harmonica playing have been frequently featured in commercials for Old Spice.
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