Dan­ish vi­o­lin­ist As­mussen dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Dan­ish jazz vi­o­lin­ist Svend As­mussen, who played with le­gends Fats Waller, Duke Elling­ton, Benny Good­man and Toots Thiele­mans, has died. He was 100.

As­mussen’s son Claus con­firmed the death to The As­so­ci­ated Press Tues­day. His fa­ther was one of Den­mark’s best-known jazz mu­si­cians abroad and con­sid­ered a swing­ing great at home.

Known as the Fid­dling Vik­ing, As­mussen’s gigs in­cluded per­for­mances with gui­tarist Django Rein­hardt and vi­o­list Stephane Grap­pelli.

He also was mem­ber of a pop­u­lar swing trio with Dan­ish gui­tarist Ul­rik Neu­mann and Swedish singer Alice Babs, best known for their cheer­ful and swing­ing scat.

Born Feb. 28, 1916, As­mussen is sur­vived by his se­cond wife and three chil­dren from his first mar­riage.

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