Two 1978 Toots Thielemans Interviews

Here are two great 1978 interviews with the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans with Les Tomkins from the JazzProfessional website. Here he talks about his six years with pianist George Shearing:

“It was a steady job, and still good exposure—and it was good music at the time, I guess. It’s still good music, but somehow I flew away a little bit from it. George is still a fine musician, of course. I stayed on there, because it was a good job, and I had no other; it was a matter of security, also. My leaving the band was a mutual thing, after that amount of time, George just wanted to change the faces around, and I was ready to jump in the pool. I decided, well, I didn’t come to the States to be a sideman all my life. Then you have to start to wait for the phone to ring, and that’s not easy. In the States, it can be rough—anywhere, for that matter.”

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