Svend Asmussen

Svend Asmussen

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Svend Asmussen (born February 28, 1916, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish jazz violinist. An institution in Danish jazz and an icon of staying power, Asmussen's career spanned 8 decades before retiring in 2010 after experiencing a blood clot. He is the father of guitarist Claus Asmussen.

Asmussen started playing violin at age seven and made his professional debut in 1933. He made his first recording as a leader in 1935. At first he studied to become a dentist when not playing gigs, but from 1937 he became a full-time musician, playing with visiting stars, including Josephine Baker, Fats Waller and The Mills Brothers. He started gaining a reputation in both London, Paris and Berlin, but the outbreak of war halted planned tours. Due to the Nazi's hate of jazz music, it was used as a political protest in occupied Denmark (and elsewhere) and Asmussen got arrested. He still succeeded in recording a string of singles for the Odeon label through the first half of the 1940's. Later shifting to the Tono label. From the early 1940's he also became active as an actor in both films and on theater, mainly in comedies.

In 1945, he formed a new sextet and started touring Europe as a jazz artist, while still making pop music for films, radio and TV - and from the 1950's touring and recording with the popular The Swe-Danes. Strict immigration laws kept Asmussen from touring the US and hence he has stayed little known Stateside. He did, over the years, record with Lionel Hampton, John Lewis (2), Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington and appeared in the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival "violin summit" with Ray Nance and Jean-Luc Ponty. And when a dozen or more American jazz artists started moving to Copenhagen he formed groups with Ed Thigpen and Kenny Drew.

Asmussen recorded with his contemporary fellow-violinist Stéphane Grappelli and with Toots Thielemans on a couple of LP's. In later years, Svend Asmussen both played live and recorded with guitarist Jacob Fischer and Aage Tanggaard.
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Svend Asmussen Discography

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Svend Asmussen Plays Hot Fiddle (Album) Parlophone UK 1953 Sell This Version
ANG-60000 Svend Asmussen Svend Asmussen And His Unmelancholy Danes(10", Album) Angel Records ANG-60000 US 1955 Sell This Version
B 10575 R Svend Asmussen Asmussen Moods(10", Album) Philips B 10575 R Denmark 1956 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann Svend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann - Danish Imports (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen Svend Asmussen Evergreens (Album) Telefunken Sweden 1961 Sell This Version
Svend* & Ulrik* Svend* & Ulrik* - En Kväll Med Svend & Ulrik (Album) RCA Sweden 1962 Sell This Version
John Lewis (2) & Svend Asmussen John Lewis (2) & Svend Asmussen - European Encounter (Album) Atlantic US 1962 Sell This Version
Alice* & Svend* Alice* & Svend* - Scandinavian Songs With Alice And Svend (Album) Swedisc, Swedisc Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen Evergreens (Comp) Odeon Denmark 1965 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen And Dieter Reith Svend Asmussen And Dieter Reith - Swing With Svend Victoria (4) Germany 1966 Sell This Version
MLP 15264 Svend Asmussen Svend Asmussen & De Gode Gamle(LP) Metronome MLP 15264 Denmark 1966 Sell This Version
Stuff Smith / Stéphane Grappelli / Svend Asmussen / Jean-Luc Ponty Stuff Smith / Stéphane Grappelli / Svend Asmussen / Jean-Luc Ponty - Violin-Summit (Album) SABA Germany 1967 Sell This Version
MLP 6005 Asmussen* And Reith* Asmussen* And Reith* - Jazz Fiddlin' Around(LP, Album) Murbo Records MLP 6005 US 1967 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen Svend Asmussen Spelar Nordiskt 20-30-Tal (Album) Sveriges Radio Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
Svend Asmussen / Jan Johansson Svend Asmussen / Jan Johansson - Spelar Jazz På Ungerska (Album) Megafon Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
Stephane Grappelly* & Svend Asmussen Stephane Grappelly* & Svend Asmussen - Two Of A Kind (Album) Polydor UK 1968 Sell This Version
Toots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen Toots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen - Toots & Svend (Album) Sonet Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
LSA 3127 Kammarkören & Eric Ericson Möter Svend Asmussen Kammarkören & Eric Ericson Möter Svend Asmussen - Kammarkören & Eric Ericsson Möter Svend Asmussen(LP) RCA Victor LSA 3127 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
LSP 10370 Alice Babs & Svend Asmussen Alice Babs & Svend Asmussen - Äntligen!(LP) RCA Victor LSP 10370 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
Toots* And Svend* Toots* And Svend* - Yesterday And Today (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records Canada 1973 Sell This Version
LSA 3193 Kammarkören, Eric Ericson, Svend Asmussen Kammarkören, Eric Ericson, Svend Asmussen - Kammarkören & Eric Ericson Möter Svend Asmussen Igen(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSA 3193 Sweden 1973 Sell This Version
Christian Schmitz-Steinberg Presents Svend Asmussen Christian Schmitz-Steinberg Presents Svend Asmussen - Amazing Strings MPS Records, BASF Germany 1975 Sell This Version
E 062-35263 Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman & Ivan Renliden Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman & Ivan Renliden - Musik I Kyrkan(LP, Album) EMI E 062-35263 Sweden 1975 Sell This Version
2310 477 Georg Philipp Telemann, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickmann*, Ivan Renliden, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen* Georg Philipp Telemann, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickmann*, Ivan Renliden, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen* - Telemann Today(LP, Album) Polydor 2310 477 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
7C 062-35498 Ivan Renliden, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman Ivan Renliden, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman - Spelar För Er(LP) EMI 7C 062-35498 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version

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