Svend Asmussen

1916 - 2017

Danish

Summary

"The greatest jazz secret,” "Great Dane,” "Fiddler Supreme.”
Danish
violinist Svend Asmussen has been dubbed many wondrous titles. Duke
Ellington’s first reaction, "Man you play a hell of a lot of fiddle!”

Mr.
Asmussen has played with many other music legends, Edith Piaf, Benny
Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole, Herbie Hancock and more. At
95, he is still going strong. After a DVD on his life was presented in
2006 by Universal/Shanachie Entertainments, The Extraordinary Life and Music of a Jazz Legend, he produced in 2009 the Makin’ Whoopee! Cd for Arbors Records, and saw the production of Don’t get around much anymore,
in which the classical violin virtuoso Kim Sjøgren plays the solos
Svend Asmussen composed while living in the South of France years ago.
Mr. Asmussen has stated, "My unattainable model was, of course, Johan
Sebastian Bach, whose famed violin solos I often practice playing.”


Biography

"The greatest jazz secret,” "Great Dane,” "Fiddler Supreme.”
Danish
violinist Svend Asmussen has been dubbed many wondrous titles. Duke
Ellington’s first reaction, "Man you play a hell of a lot of fiddle!”

Mr.
Asmussen has played with many other music legends, Edith Piaf, Benny
Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole, Herbie Hancock and more. At
95, he is still going strong. After a DVD on his life was presented in
2006 by Universal/Shanachie Entertainments, The Extraordinary Life and Music of a Jazz Legend, he produced in 2009 the Makin’ Whoopee! Cd for Arbors Records, and saw the production of Don’t get around much anymore,
in which the classical violin virtuoso Kim Sjøgren plays the solos
Svend Asmussen composed while living in the South of France years ago.
Mr. Asmussen has stated, "My unattainable model was, of course, Johan
Sebastian Bach, whose famed violin solos I often practice playing.”