THE MUSIC OF TOOTS THIELEMANS

Karel Boehlee, Kenny Werner, Bert van den Brink (piano), Eliane Elias (vocals, piano), Bert Joris (trumpet), Philip Catherine (guitar), Hein van de Geyn, Bart Denolf, Marc Johnson (contrabass) , Hans van Oosterhout, Bruno Castelucci (drums)

Jazz Middelheim 2014 is the first year since 1981 without any concert by Toots Thielemans. This is a perplexing idea, but one we’ll have to get used to. The festival is going to miss its godfather, even though we’re allowing him to retire – thankful for the wonderful moments we had – with the best of wishes.

This summer we are therefore focusing on the music of Toots with a homage to the music of the festival’s godfather. Under the title The Music of Toots Thielemans, major names and musician friends of Toots are to perform their favourite numbers from his work. The basis is set by his fixed ensemble, the trio of Karel BoehleeHein Van de Geyn and Hans van Oosterhout. A few special guests will also join the party. At present, already confirmed are: Kenny WernerBert van den BrinkBert JorisPhilip Catherine and Eliane Elias.