Toots Thielemans in Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Belgian Mint
The Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Belgian Mint are both paying tribute to Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans, who passed away on 22nd August 2016.
The music section of the Royal Library of Belgium has acquired the Toots Thielemans Fund. This new, exceptional collection consists of hundreds of sound recordings and thousands of documents, including photos, press articles, letters and concert programmes. This will allow anyone who's interested to discover and study the career of the world-famous jazz hero.
In turn, the Royal Belgian Mint is honouring Toots Thielemans with the release of a silver EUR 20 coin. The first of these commemorative coins is expected to appear before 30 January 2017. The coin will be available in the Royal Belgian Mint's webshop. Other commemorative coins will also be minted this year, including coins for René Magritte, Gaston Lagaffe (cartoon character) and Marc Sleen (the spiritual father of Nero).