Svend Asmussen

Svend Asmussen

Also known as Asmussen, S. Asmussen, Sv. Asmussen, Sv. G. Asmussen, Sven Asmussen, Svend, Svend "Violine" Asmussen, Svend Asmussen And His Dancing Strings, Svend Asmussen Og Hans Orkester, Svend Asmussen Trio, Svend Asmussen u. s. Orchester, Svend Asmussen Y Su Orquesta

Discography of Svend Asmussen:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Yesterday And Today 7 Audio 1973 A&M Records
2 Scandinavian Songs 12 Audio Interdisc (2)
3 Toots & Svend 7 Audio 1972 Sonet
4 Prize/Winners 9 Audio 1978 Matrix Records (3)
5 European Encounter 7 Audio 1962 Atlantic
6 Violin Summit - Recorded In Concert 7 Audio MPS Records
7 Svend Asmussen And Your Favourites 4 Audio Philips
8 Violin-Summit 7 Audio 1966 SABA
9 On The Good Ship Lollipop 10 Audio 1987 Doctor Jazz
10 Violin Summit 7 Audio 1984 MPS Records
11 Spelar Jazz På Ungerska 9 Audio 1968 Megafon
12 Scandinavian Songs With Alice And Svend 12 Audio 1964 Polydor
13 Danish Imports 4 Audio 1961
14 Toots & Svend 7 Audio 1979 Sonet
15 Garland 6 Audio 1982 Storyville
16 Violin Summit - Recorded In Concert 7 Audio MPS Records
17 June Night 10 Audio 1993-07-13 Sony Music Special Products
18 Kammarkören & Eric Ericsson Möter Svend Asmussen 10 Audio 1972 RCA Victor
19 Side By Side 4 Audio 1959 Decca
20 Scandinavian Songs With Alice And Svend 12 Audio 1964
21 Danish Imports 12 Audio Telestar
22 Toots & Svend 7 Audio Sonet
23 Musik I Kyrkan 6 Audio 1975 EMI
24 Toots & Svend 7 Audio 1983-07-00
25 String Wing 8 Audio 1983-12-00
26 Danish Imports 12 Audio 1961 Warner Bros. Records
27 Two Of A Kind 8 Audio 1968 Polydor
28 When You Are Smiling / Sleepy Time Gal / I Ain't Got Nobody / Margie / Nola / Dardanella 6 Audio Philips
29 Spielt Welterfolge 12 Audio 1961 Telefunken
30 Spelar För Er 14 Audio 1977 EMI
31 Telemann Today 5 Audio 1976 Polydor
32 As Time Goes By 6 Audio 1978 Sonet
33 These Foolish Things 2 Audio Odeon
34 Hot Swing Fiddle Classics 14 Audio 1979 Folklyric Records
35 Yesterday And Today 7 Audio 1973 A&M Records
36 Violin Summit 7 Audio MPS Records
37 Evergreens 16 Audio 1965 Odeon
38 As Time Goes By 6 Audio 1978 Sonet
39 Sleepy Time Gal / Margie - Nola - Dardanella 2 Audio Philips
40 Svend Asmussen Spielt 4 Audio Decca
41 European Encounter 7 Audio 1962 Atlantic
42 Violin-Summit 7 Audio Dargil
43 European Encounter 7 Audio 1986 Atlantic
44 Violin-Summit 7 Audio 1984 Verve Records
45 Nuestros Favoritos 4 Audio 1958 Philips
46 Regnbågsgränd / Följ Med Mej 2 Audio Metronome
47 Two Of A Kind 8 Audio Disques Festival
48 Violin-Summit 7 Audio 1966 Prestige
49 Amazing Strings 8 Audio 1975
50 June Night 10 Audio 1983 Doctor Jazz Records


Jazz violinist.

b. February 28, 1916 - Copenhagen, Denmark.

An institution in danish jazz and an icon of staying power Asmussen has been a recording artist for 8 decades and is still active.

Asmussen started playing violin at age seven, got his professional debut in 1933 and made his first recording as a leader in 1935. At first the studied to become a dentist when not playing gigs, but from 1937 he became full-time musician, playing with visiting stars as 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 40'ies. Later shifting to the Tono label. From the early 40'ies 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 50'ies touring and recording with the popular 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, 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 artist started moving to Copenhagen he formed groups with Ed Thigpen, 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 has both played live and recorded with guitarist Jacob Fischer and Aage Tanggaard. At 96 Asmussen is still fiddling.

He is the father of guitarist Claus Asmussen.


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