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He has played with such jazz royalty as Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Dinah Washington

In a turn toward the pop generation, his playing has also been featured on charttopping songs by Paul Simon and Billy Joel.

But that’s not why you should know the name Toots Thielemans. The Belgian born musician created a singular, groundbreaking jazz voice for the chromatic harmonica over a half-century ago. In his hands, the instrument bears an unmistakably warm, lush and inviting sound no artist has equaled. Few have even tried.

We’re telling you this because, at age 87, the mighty Toots will be making a ridiculously rare concert appearance this weekend in Louisville. He will perform a duet concert with pianist Kenny Werner, who is a bit of an extraordinary player himself, at 3 p.m. at the University of Louisville’s Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.

Tickets are $15 and $25. For ticket info, call (502) 852-6907.

This is living jazz history in action, not to mention part of the only United States tour Thielemans has scheduled for 2010. Treat yourself, please.

We will offer a review of the concert here at The Musical Box on Monday.

Child support doesn’t cover everything

The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV) July 30, 1999 | Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: After reading the letter from “Been There and Done That in N.Y.,” I knew I had to write. “Been There” says he pays a lot of money for child support, and it’s not being spent on his two boys because he had to pay for their haircuts and winter coats. Well, I’d like to tell him MY side. website ingrown toenail treatment

Child support goes 100 percent for our children’s care. It pays for the mortgage, utilities, auto expenses, food, clothing and the day-to-day extras. I do not go out partying, nor am I dressed to the nines while my children are in rags. Our clothes come from secondhand shops, and I buy macaroni and cheese by the case. Sometimes, the kids don’t get haircuts because the electric bill was due or one of the kids got sick and I had to buy medicine.

“Been There” also says the children should live with him because they cry when they leave his house. Big deal. My kids do the same thing, but they also cry and cling to me when they leave my house to visit their father. These are children of divorce They love us both and wish we could be with them all the time.

My children have been able to live decently and continue their activities because I make sacrifices. There are many expenses that child support doesn’t cover – school dances, theater costumes, sports uniforms, swim goggles and musical instruments. When I ask their father for a little extra help, he says, “That’s what child support is for.” Please print this, Ann, so he can see the other side. – N.Y. Dilemma Dear N.Y.D.: Money is often used by one or both parents as a means to control the other. Unfortunately, it is the children who pay the price when the adults cannot get along. Parents, PLEASE remember to put your children first.

Dear Ann Landers: I, too, would like to know how to put an end to this nonsense with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. My father was a longtime alcoholic with advanced Parkinson’s disease. He was also stubborn and refused to stop driving. I wrote to the DMV and had his doctor fill out the medical history form. The doctor answered “yes” to the following: Has a history of alcoholism. Is on medications that shouldn’t be taken while driving. Has a condition that can cause sudden loss of motor function. In spite of his degenerative disease and the medical history on file, he received a four-year license. Two months later, he passed away. go to site ingrown toenail treatment

My family tried to get a very dangerous driver off the road, but the DMV insisted on licensing him to endanger others. Scary, isn’t it? – Los Altos, Calif.

Dear Los Altos: I have heard a lot of complaints about the California DMV, and your letter explains why. The best way to effect change is to complain to the state government and put your vote where it counts.

Dear Ann Landers: A while back, you printed a letter from a woman who was upset because her husband soaked his infected ingrown toenail in her crockpot. I can assure you, Ann, the crockpot is not what she needs to worry about. Five years ago, we buried our 24-year-old son who died because he neglected to treat an ingrown toenail. The infection spread to his bloodstream and killed him. He left behind a 2-year-old son and a pregnant wife.

Since this experience, my wife and I have heard similar stories about people who died because they neglected abscessed teeth or infected sinuses. Please tell your readers that no infection should be neglected. – Lafayette, La.

Dear Louisiana: Bless you for taking the time to write. There’s no question about it – you performed a tremendous public service by alerting my readers. Thank you for saving some lives today.

Lonesome? Take charge of your life and turn it around. Write for Ann Landers’ new booklet, “How to Make Friends and Stop Being Lonely.” Send a self-addressed, long, business-size envelope and a check or money order for $4.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Friends, c/o Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11562, Chicago, IL 60611-0562.

To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at

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