BRUSSELS — Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans has decided to retire together with his trademark harmonica at age 91.
Thielemans made the announcement Wednesday when he cancelled a concert in Antwerp for a second time in three months for health reasons.
His manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said Thielemans ``considers his energy too limited for a full concert. He doesn't want to disappoint his fans, hence his decision to stop playing.''
The haunting sounds produced by his harmonica can be heard on movie classics like Hollywood's ``Midnight Cowboy'' and France's ``Jean de Florette.''
His most famous hit was the upbeat ``Bluesette,'' which he composed in 1962, but kept adapting over the years.
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo thanked Thielemans for ``many magical moments.''