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, toots100.be was launched today.
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