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Svend Asmussen

vn, *1916 DK, Copenhagen
Musician of Jazz and Pop
A.k.a. Svend Harald Christian Asmussen

Svend Asmussen (born February 28, 1916, Copenhagen, Denmark - died February 7, 2017, Dronningmølle, Denmark) was 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 theatre, 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.

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • World
Popular Tracks   
June Night on Hyggetimen Vol. 6 by Svend Asmussen
Scandinavian Shuffle on Scandinavian Shuffle by Various Artists
Det snöar on Jazz på ungerska by Jan Johansson & Svend Asmussen
Georgia Camp Meeting on Scandinavian Shuffle by Various Artists
That Dream on Garland by L. Subramaniam & Svend Asmussen
Offering Of Love on Garland by L. Subramaniam & Svend Asmussen
Gunga i en hammock - 1999 Remastered Version on Diamanter by Alice Babs
Adress Rosenhill on Nobody's Sweetheart by Alice Babs & Svend Asmussen
Whispering on Hyggetimen Vol. 6 by Svend Asmussen
Hand I Hand on Just A Gigolo by Alice Babs & Svend Asmussen

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
The Incomparable Fiddler Svend Asmussen - 100 YearsSvend Asmussen2016Compil.
EmbraceableSvend Asmussen2015Album
Swing On StringsSvend Asmussen2012Single
Amazing Strings / Rockin' Bach DimensionsSvend Asmussen, Horst Jankowski, Wolfgang Dauner, Siegfried Schwab2012Compil.
Makin' Whoopee! ...And Music!Svend Asmussen2009Album
As Time Goes ByAlice Babs, Bengt Hallberg Trio, Arne Domnérus And His Big Band Featuring Svend Asmussen2009Album
TogetherAlice Babs & Svend Asmussen2008Compil.
When You Are SmilingSvend Asmussen2006Compil.
European EncounterJohn Lewis & Svend Asmussen2004Album
Still FiddlingSvend Asmussen2002Album
Memories Of YouSvend Asmussen2000Compil.
My Blue HeavenSvend Asmussen2000Compil.
EvergreensSvend Asmussen1998Album
Jazz På Ungerska / In PlenoJan Johansson, Svend Asmussen1996Compil.
When You Are SmilingSvend Asmussen1996Compil.
Phenomenal Fiddler = Fenomenal "Feleman" Vol. II: 1941-50Svend Asmussen1995Compil.
Musical Miracle / Musikaliskt Mirakel Vol. 1Svend Asmussen1994Compil.
SpotlightSvend Asmussen1991Compil.
Hot ViolinsStuff Smith With Svend Asmussen & Poul Olsen1991Album
The Chamber Choir & Eric Ericson encounter Svend AsmussenKammarkören & Eric Ericson encounter Svend Asmussen1988Compil.
On The Good Ship LollipopTeresa Brewer & Svend Asmussen1987Album
Toots & SvendToots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen1987Album
June NightSvend Asmussen1983Album
String SwingSvend Asmussen Featuring Ulf Wakenius1983Album
GarlandL. Subramaniam Featuring Svend Asmussen1982Album
StjerneparadeSvend Asmussen1980Compil.
Dance Along With Svend Asmussen No. 2 (28 World Hits With The Asmussen Touch)Svend Asmussen1979Album
Dance Along With Svend Asmussen No. 1 (28 World Hits With The Asmussen Touch)Svend Asmussen1979Album
Hot Swing Fiddle ClassicsStuff Smith, Emilio Caceres, Svend Asmussen1979Compil.
Prize/WinnersSvend Asmussen, Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ed Thigpen1978Album
As Time Goes ByLionel Hampton And Svend Asmussen1978Album
Spelar För ErIvan Renliden, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman1977Album
Danish Jazz Vol. 6 - Svend Asmussen 1937-44Svend Asmussen1977Album
Telemann TodayGeorg Philipp Telemann, Svend Asmussen, Putte Wickman, Ivan Renliden, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen1976Album
Amazing StringsChristian Schmitz-Steinberg Presents Svend Asmussen1975Album
Musik I KyrkanSvend Asmussen, Putte Wickman & Ivan Renliden1975Album
Yesterday And TodayToots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen1973Single
Toots & SvendToots Thielemans & Svend Asmussen1973Album
Kammarkören & Eric Ericson Möter Svend Asmussen IgenKammarkören, Eric Ericson, Svend Asmussen1973Album
Kammarkören & Eric Ericsson Möter Svend AsmussenKammarkören, Eric Ericson, Svend Asmussen1972Album
Äntligen!Alice Babs & Svend Asmussen1972Album
Noaks Ark, Ett Sångspel Med Text Av Alf Henrikson Och Musik Av Nils LindbergAlice Babs, Jan Malmsjö, Svend Asmussen1972Album
Musik Till GymnastikSvend Asmussen1972Single
Park Lane Poodle / Nashville TennesseeSvend Asmussen1970Single
A Historical Biography 1937-1951Svend Asmussen1969Compil.
Two Of A KindStéphane Grappelli & Svend Asmussen1968Album
Svend Asmussen Spelar Nordiskt 20-30-TalSvend Asmussen1968Album
Spelar Jazz På UngerskaSvend Asmussen / Jan Johansson1968Album
Violin-SummitStuff Smith / Stéphane Grappelli / Svend Asmussen / Jean-Luc Ponty1967Album
Jazz Fiddlin' AroundSvend Asmussen And Dieter Reith1967Album
Swing With SvendSvend Asmussen And Dieter Reith1966Album
Svend Asmussen & De Gode GamleSvend Asmussen1966Album
EvergreensSvend Asmussen1965Album
ColumbineSvend Asmussen, Mats Olssons Orkester1964Single
The Many Sides Of Svend AsmussenSvend Asmussen1964Compil.
Scandinavian Songs With Alice And SvendAlice Babs & Svend Asmussen1964Album
Buddy Cole And Svend AsmussenBuddy Cole And Svend Asmussen1963Album
European EncounterJohn Lewis & Svend Asmussen1962Album
Where Have All The Flowers Gone / Scarlet RibbonsSvend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann1962Single
En Kväll Med Svend & UlrikSvend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann1962Album
Danish ImportsSvend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann1961Single
Svend Asmussen EvergreensSvend Asmussen1961Album
Danish ImportsSvend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann1961Album
Spiel Mit VierenAlice Babs, Paul Kuhn, Svend Asmussen, Ulrik Neumann1959Single
Side By SideAlice Babs, Svend Asmussen, Ulrik Neumann1959Single
Lullaby Of BroadwayAlice Babs, Svend Asmussen, Ulrik Neumann1959Single
Wider Den Tierischen ErnstSvend Asmussen, Ulrik Neumann1958Single
Wenn Der Jonny SpieltSvend Asmussen1956Single
KispusSvend Asmussen, Ulrik Neumann1956Single
Plays Hot FiddleSvend Asmussen1955Album
Somebody Bad Stole The Wedding BellSvend Asmussen1954Single
Regnbågsgränd / Följ Med Mej På Vägen Genom LivetAlice Babs - Svend Asmussen1952Album
These Foolish ThingsSvend Asmussen1946Album
Auld Lang Syne / Un Peau D'amourSvend Asmussen1946Album
En Yndig Lille FjerSvend Asmussen, Gerda Og Ulrik Neumann1944Album
Cherokee / My ReverySvend Asmussen & Ulrik Neumann1944Album
Sweet Sue - Jam Session / Limehouse Blues - Jam SessionOscar Aleman, Bibi Miranda, Svend Asmussen, Henry Hagemann, Helge Jacobsen, Alfred Rasmussen1939Album
UntitledSvend AsmussenSingle
SwingtimeKai Ewans / Leo Mathisen / Svend Asmussen / Peter RasmussenCompil.
Together - Vol. 1Alice Babs & Svend AsmussenCompil.
Be»Swing«Te PartyBent Fabric Und Svend AsmussenAlbum
Yesterday And TodayToots Thielemans And Svend AsmussenAlbum
Den Gyldne SwingtidLeo Mathisen, Kai Ewans, Peter Rasmussen, Svend AsmussenCompil.
Svend Asmussen SpieltSvend AsmussenSingle
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu / Fantastica / La Piu Bella Del Mondo / Buona SeraSvend AsmussenSingle
Svend Asmussen Spiel AufSvend AsmussenSingle
Muchacha SomnolientaSvend AsmussenSingle
Svend Asmussen And Your FavouritesSvend AsmussenSingle
Play A Simple Melody / O Sole MioSvend Asmussen & Ulrik NeumannSingle
Flink Og Villig / PølsesnakSvend Asmussen & Ulrik NeumannSingle
... Gibt Seine Visitenkarte AbSvend AsmussenSingle
Dansez avec Svend "Violine" Asmussen Et Sa Musique SéductionSvend AsmussenAlbum
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