Svend Asmussen

The MultiMedia Page

Several areas of the  Popular Culture Excavation Site  provide access to mp3 music files, mpeg-1 movie clips, or both.  As these files are quite large, the question arises as to how well (or even whether) your computer will play them.  Those with high-speed connections will have the best experience.  Those using dial-up modems will encounter the usual delay in downloading a large file.

To improve your chances, a Windows Media Player is provided on this page.  You should be able to hear a music file or view a movie clip simply by clicking the little black right-pointing arrowhead in the media player.  If this doesn't work, click the highlighted title of the song or video to open the viewer that is associated with your computer.  If this fails, it's time to consult your browser or computer help files.

Here are two delightful mp3 music files showcasing the varied talents of our man, Svend Asmussen:

Sweet Georgia Brown
An old chestnut, perhaps, but you have never heard it like this.  Recorded in 1983, with stellar sidemen: Derek Smith (piano), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Milt Hinton (bass), and Oliver Jackson, Jr. (drums).  Everybody swings!

The Woody Woodpecker Song
Here's one you won't find on CD.  This popular novelty tune was first recorded by Kay Kyser in 1948, later by the Andrews Sisters and Mel Blanc, among others.  This exceptional version was recorded in 1955 by Svend Asmussen and his Unmelancholy Danes.  Lots of fun.  (Thanks, Dan.)

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