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Ben Webster - 74% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Francis Webster, 27 March 1909, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 20 September 1973, Amsterdam, Netherlands. After studying violin and piano, and beginning his professional career on the latter instrument, Webster took up the tenor saxophone around 1930. He quickly became adept on this instrument; within a year he was playing with Bennie Moten and later worked with And Read more

Scott Hamilton - 74% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 September 1954, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. As a child, Hamilton began playing clarinet, on which he had a few lessons, and piano. He then briefly played blues harmonica in a rock ‘n’ roll band. He took up tenor saxophone as a young teenager, teaching himself largely by listening to records in his father’s collection. These records were by jazzmen of the Read more

Charlie Byrd - 71% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1925, Chuckatuck, Virginia, USA, d. 2 December 1999, Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Byrd began playing guitar while still a small child and by the start of World War II was already highly proficient. During the war he met and played with Django Reinhardt and soon after the end of the war he became a full-time professional musician. He played in a number of popular da Read more

Eliane Elias - 68% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 March 1960, São Paulo, Brazil. Before she reached the age of 21, Elias had attracted considerable attention, not only for her keyboard playing but also as a teacher of jazz music. In the early 80s she moved to New York, joined the Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker jazz rock group, Steps Ahead, with whom she remained until 1984, and thereafter recorded and toured ex Read more

Shirley Horn - 67% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1934, Washington, DC, USA, d. 20 October 2005, Cheverly, Maryland, USA. After studying piano formally, Horn continued her musical education at Howard University. She began leading her own group in the mid-50s, and in the early 60s recorded several sessions for Mercury Records, often in company with front-rank bop musicians. For some years Horn spent much of her time in Read more

Karrin Allyson - 64% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Great Bend, Kansas, USA. While still a small child, Allyson moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she studied classical piano. Later, living in the San Francisco Bay area, she worked in the theatre before returning to Nebraska to attend university where she majored in classical piano, graduating in 1987. It was around this time that Allyson’s musical horizons broadened and sh Read more

Milt Jackson - 61% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1923, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. Jackson’s first professional engagement, at the age of 16, was in his home town, playing the vibraphone alongside tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson (one year his junior). Jackson benefited from the 40s loose attitude towards band personnel, spending six years accompanying visiting mu Read more

Zoot Sims - 55% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Haley Sims, 29 October 1925, Inglewood, California, USA, d. 23 March 1985, New York City, New York, USA. Sims played clarinet in grade school but took up the tenor saxophone to work with singer Kenny Baker in 1941. He played with Bobby Sherwood from 1942-43, Sonny Durham in 1943 and the Benny Goodman big band in 1944. His recording debut was with Joe Bushkin’s smal Read more

Art Farmer - 52% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Stewart Farmer, 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 4 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. While still a child Farmer moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Los Angeles. This was in the mid-40s, and during the next few years Farmer played trumpet in various name bands, including those led by Jay McShann and Benny Carter, and worked and recorded with Read more

Rosa Passos - 52% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Raised in the heady musical atmosphere of the city of her birth, Passos studied piano from the age of three, then guitar and began singing eight years later. She started composing songs while still in her teens and over the years continued to do so, often in collaboration with lyricist Fernando de Oliveira. Indeed, Passos’ 1978 debut Recri Read more

Michel Petrucciani - 51% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Classical Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 December 1962, Orange, France, d. 6 January 1999, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a musical family, his father, Antoine ‘Tony’ Petrucciani, was an accomplished guitarist, Petrucciani played drums and piano as a child. He gave his first solo concert at the age of 13, at the Cliousclat Festival. After playing with Kenny Clarke and Clark Terry at the age o Read more

Barney Kessel - 50% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 October 1923, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 6 May 2004, San Diego, California, USA. After playing in various bands (including one led by Chico, the piano-playing Marx brother), Kessel began to establish a name for himself on the west coast. He appeared in the Norman Granz -produced short film Jammin’ The Blues (1944), then played in various big bands of the late swing Read more

Paul Desmond - 50% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz
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Stan Getz - 50% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Dance Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 February 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 6 June 1991, Malibu, California, USA. Getz played several reed instruments as a child, especially the alto saxophone, but he finally chose the tenor saxophone and by the age of 15 was playing professionally. Within a year he had made his first records, playing with Jack Teagarden, who became, technically at least, Getz Read more

Philip Catherine - 49% match to Toots Thielemans

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1942, London, England. Born of a Belgian father, Catherine came to notice in 1969 as the guitarist on Scott Bradford’s Rock Slide, thereby initiating an extremely busy period of session work. During this time Catherine contributed to the works of musicians such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon and Zbigniew Seifert. When not doing sessions, Ca Read more


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