|Tags:||jazz violin danish jazz violin violin jazz instrumental swing|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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28 February 1916, Copenhagen, Denmark. Asmussen began playing violin as a small child. A superbly accomplished musician, he first played professionally in 1933, performing occasionally on vibes and also singing. In the mid-30s he played with Kai Ewans and other Danish musicians, recording and broadcasting on the radio. He also played with visiting American stars, including Fats Waller, the Mills Brothers, and Joséphine Baker. During World War II he continued to work in showbusiness, establishing a secondary career as a film actor and composer. In the late 40s and early 50s much of his recorded output comprised currently popular American and UK songs, although there were always jazz sides interspersed among them. In the early 60s he worked with Alice Babs, Ulrik Neumann and Duke Ellington, and also with John Lewis. Despite the earlier interest of Benny Goodman, it was the Lewis recording session that drew widespread attention to his talents, and in later...