Sanford Gold

Sanford Gold (June 9, 1911 – May 29, 1984) was an American jazz pianist born in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gold played locally in Cleveland and led regional bands before moving to New York City in the 1930s. There he collaborated with Babe Russin and Raymond Scott in 1935, and formed a trio with Dave Barbour in 1941. In 1942 he worked as a studio musician for CBS before serving in World War II from 1942 to 1946. After being discharged from the military, he worked with Don Byas, Mary Osborne and others before he went to work for CBS rival NBC, from 1949-1954. An album was recorded under his name on the Prestige label in 1955, entitled Piano d'Or. Gold was also a sideman with Johnny Smith, Al Cohn, Vic Dickenson, Coleman Hawkins and Sally Blair.

Gold was one of the premier jazz piano teachers of his time. His self-published book, A Modern Approach to Keyboard Harmony and Piano Techniques, distills the complexities of jazz and classical harmony down to a simple yet far-reaching system of piano and harmonic exercises, and has become an underground classic for serious students of the instrument.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 9th, 1911 (Cleveland), Died May 29th, 1984 (Massachusetts)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-022931 10-in. 4/28/1938 As long as we're together Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Olga Sardi Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-022932 10-in. 4/28/1938 The grass is just as green Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-022933 10-in. 4/28/1938 When the stars go to sleep Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-022934 10-in. 4/28/1938 A garden in Granada Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-022935 10-in. 4/28/1938 Sunday in the park Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-022936 10-in. 4/28/1938 It's the dreamer in me Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037633 10-in. 6/13/1939 The last trip on the old ship Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037634 10-in. 6/13/1939 (What can I say) After I say I'm sorry? Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037635 10-in. 6/13/1939 You don't know how much you can suffer (Until you fall in love) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037636 10-in. 6/13/1939 The shoemaker's holiday Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037637 10-in. 6/13/1939 Well all right (Tonight's the night) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-037638 10-in. 6/13/1939 Danger! Men blasting Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 65176 10-in. 3/14/1939 Golden Gate Abe Lyman Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 65179 10-in. 3/14/1939 San Francisco Abe Lyman Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 76953 10/5/1950 White Christmas Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 76954 10/5/1950 Autumn leaves Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 76955 10/5/1950 Serenade in blue Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82231 1/31/1952 Spellbound Coleman Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82232 1/31/1952 Amber Coleman Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82233 1/31/1952 Lost in a fog Coleman Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82234 1/31/1952 Carioca Coleman Hawkins Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 358 10-in. 1946 What to do Mary Osborne Trio instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 359 10-in. 1946 Mary's guitar boogie Mary Osborne Trio instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 360 10-in. 1946 Blues in Mary's flat Mary Osborne Trio instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 361 10-in. 1946 Oops my lady Mary Osborne Trio instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gold, Sanford," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110923.

Gold, Sanford. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110923.

"Gold, Sanford." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

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