Belgian musician Toots Thielemans poses for a picture at Laeken Royal Castle in Brussels May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
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Belgian legend "Toots" Thielemans has died after a 70-year career as the world's most famous harmonica player during which he made music with some of the biggest names in jazz.Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, known affectionately as "Toots", died in his sleep in a Brussels hospital early Monday, his manager Veerle Van de Poel said. The nickname followed, taken from U.S. musician Toots Mondello, a swing jazz saxophonist, and Toots Camarata, a trumpet player, composer and arranger.Thielemans also accompanied non-jazz artists such as Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Nick Cave.However, age and poor health caught up with Toots, and he gave up touring in 2014 .For musician and producer Quincy Jones, who famously took Michael Jackson's career to new heights with "Thriller", Toots was one of the all-time greats.
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