Toots Thielemans Centenary Events Announced

Today, 29 April 2021 would have been the 99th birthday of Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron (“Toots”) Thielemans (1922-2016) writes Juliette Kay, and plans for the centenary next year are already taking shape in his native Belgium. A dedicated website, was launched today.

Toots Thielemans in 2009. Publicity photo from the Toots100 website

Among the events will be:

 • On 22 April 2022, a temporary exhibition “Toots 100. The Sound of Toots Thielemans” will open at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) in collaboration with the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

 • The last weekend of April 2022 will be entirely dedicated to Toot’s 100th birthday with a birthday concert at Bozar on 29 April 29 2022 featuring national and international guests

• The birthday weekend will have various activities celebrating Toots including Brussels Jazz Weekend and Brosella Festival

LINK: More information on the activities taking place next year is on the website

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