Jean 'Toots' Thielemans & Friends sing the Harold Arlen Songbook
New Orleans Jazz - Hot Club - Swing
Jurre Haanstra (conductor); Fred Gaasterland (director); Cristina Branco, Jamie Cullum, Lizz Wright, Roberta Gambarini (vocals); Max Boeree (bass clarinet); Annemijn den Herder, Arjen Wildschut, Huub Beckers, Robert Meulendijk, Ruben Sanderse, Sabine Duch (alto violin); Anneke Janssen, Ansfried Plat, Eveline Kraayenhof, Wim Hülsmann (cello); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Saskia Rekké (harp); Miriam Jakes (alto hobo); Friederike Darius, t.b.a. (flute); Jan Hollander, Ruud Breuls, Wim Both (trumpet); Erik Borninkhof, René Pagen, Richard Speetjens, Roel Koster (horn); Ankie van Ommeren, Josje ter Haar, Karina Korevaar, Leonie Mensink, Peter Thoma, Pieter Vel (1st violin); Alexander van den Tol, Casper Bleumers, Dana Mihailescu, Esther de Bruijn, Jill Bernstein, Michiel Eekhof, Paul Hendriks (2nd violin); Marcel Fisser (guitar); Kenny Werner (piano); Aram Kersbergen, Peter Baas, Ray Drummond, Walter van Eegeraat (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums); Frits Landesbergen (percussion).
Sat 9 July 2005 18:30 - 19:45 PWA zaal
The repertoire of the concert that harmonica player and professional whistler Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans will present, consists of songs of composer Harold Arlen. Arlen is the man who composed the world wide famous Somewhere over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz and Stormy Weather. During the thirties and forties the American composed more than 400 songs and he is considered one of the most successful composers of popular music. Toots Thielemans loves Arlen’s work. He himself started his career at the beginning of the fifties as guitarist and harmonica player in the quintet of pianist George Shearing. An international breakthrough followed when he joined Benny Goodman on his European tour. Thielemans developed a new sound by playing guitar and whistling unisono. In 1962 he composed Bluesette, a piece that made the Belgian an international star. He is still very much in demand as an artist and travels all over the world with his ‘sandwich’, referring to his harmonica. Thielemans performs with his musical pal Kenny Werner, an orchestra and a couple of very special guests: Jamie Cullum, Cristina Branco and Lizz Wright.