TOOTS ON BELLS
Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans – one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time – was born on 29 April 1922. To commemorate his 100th birthday, on Friday April 29, I improvised on the carillon in Mol on jazz standards that Toots played in a unique way on his harmonica. On the programme a.o. For My Lady, On Green Dolphin Street, The Days Of Wine And Roses, Stardust, Ne me quitte pas and Bluesette.
In 2007, carillonneur Carl VanEyndhoven met the members of the jazz manouche ensemble ‘Minor Sing’ at the festival “Swing sous les Etoiles-Miribel” (France). The alliance between carillon and manouche caught on with the audience: it was a memorable concert and the beginning of a lasting collaboration. In the years to follow there wereperformances in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The joint fascination for the
music of Django Reinhardt and the unique sound of the bells resulted in the name of the new quintet: “Django Bells”. It is also the title of this first CD which was recorded in May 2017 in Prague.