Artie Bernstein

Arthur "Artie" Bernstein (February 4, 1909 – January 4, 1964) was an American jazz double bassist.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he started his musical career playing cello on board cruise ships to South America, and also studied law at New York University. However, by 1929 he had started playing bass, and began performing in clubs around New York City. He performed with trumpeter Red Nichols, Red Norvo and others, and recorded with Ben Pollack, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and many others in the 1930s. In 1939 he performed with Benny Goodman at the second From Spirituals to Swing concert. He fell out with Goodman in 1941 - Goodman fiddled with Bernstein's music-stand light so that he would have problems reading the music and appear incompetent, giving Goodman a pretext to fire him.

However, he won the Down Beat readers' poll in 1943. He later moved to Los Angeles and worked in the film industry for such companies as Universal Studios and Warner Bros., continuing to work for the latter organization until 1963.

He died in Los Angeles at the age of 54.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 4th, 1909 (Brooklyn), Died January 4th, 1964 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07785 10-in. 4/13/1937 Carelessly Kay Thompson Orchestra ; Rhythm Singers Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07786 10-in. 4/13/1937 There's a lull in my life Kay Thompson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07787 10-in. 4/13/1937 It had to be you Kay Thompson Orchestra ; Rhythm Singers Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and female vocal ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-07788 10-in. 4/13/1937 Exactly like you Kay Thompson Orchestra ; Rhythm Singers Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-036149 10-in. 4/26/1939 Strange enchantment Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-036150 10-in. 4/26/1939 That sentimental sandwich Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-036151 10-in. 4/26/1939 The lamp is low Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-036152 10-in. 4/26/1939 The man I love Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-037604 10-in. 6/8/1939 You're mine, you! Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-037605 10-in. 6/8/1939 Let's fall in love Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-037606 10-in. 6/8/1939 Zaggin' with Zig Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-037607 10-in. 6/8/1939 I'll never be the same Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-043921 10-in. 11/27/1939 What used to was, used to was (Now it ain't) Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-043922 10-in. 11/27/1939 Bye 'n bye Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-043923 10-in. 11/27/1939 Love is the sweetest thing Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-043924 10-in. 11/27/1939 Deep night Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-046028 10-in. 12/26/1939 Forgive my heart Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-046029 10-in. 12/26/1939 Tootin' my baby back home Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-046030 10-in. 12/26/1939 I'm through with love Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-046031 10-in. 12/26/1939 Something to remember you by Ziggy Elman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-060331 10-in. 1/16/1941 Bugle call rag Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-060332 10-in. 1/16/1941 One o'clock jump Metronome All Star Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38301 10-in. 8/14/1934 Heat wave The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38302 10-in. 8/14/1934 By heck The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 38303 10-in. 8/15/1934 Stop, look and listen The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernstein, Artie," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110373.

Bernstein, Artie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110373.

"Bernstein, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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