Jazz violin legend dies, aged 100

Jazz violin legend dies, aged 100


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2017

The extraordinary Svend Asmussen died today.

A stalwart of the swing era, the Danish violinist played with Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Known as the Fiddling Viking, he gave concerts up to the age of 94.


  • Candace Allen says:

    And during the ’30s toured with Valaida Snow. I interviewed him in Denmark while researching my novel. He contributed a unique p.o.v. May he rest in peace.

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    Svend and Stéphane Grapelli were the greatest jazz violinists. Rest in peace. A long, worthwhile existence. The man was as warm as charming as his playing.

  • Elga says:

    I still have a ticket that shows that I went to hear Svend Asmussen on February 11th 1953 in Vejle Denmark. I still remember it well. He and Stephane Grapelli were the greatest. Us Danes were always great fans of real jazz.