Grappelli’s fiddle partner turned 99 today
February 28, 2015 by norman lebrecht
From violin-maker Jens Stenz:
Danish jazz fiddler, entertainer, composer, singer, “elegantier” Svend Asmussen (born Copenhagen February 28th 1916 ) is 99 years old today.
Asmussens professional career spans 83 years and encompasses music making with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodmann, Stephane Grappelli, Jango Reinhardt, The Mills Brothers, Edith Piaf, Toots Thielemanns, Herbie Hancock, Jacob Fischer, Jan Johansson, Duke Ellington …
Asmussen still enjoys going to jazz concerts in his native Copenhagen and listens to music at home.
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