Sandy Block, also credited as Sid Block (January 16, 1917 - October 1985) was an American jazz bassist.
Block played violin as a child, and grew up in Cleveland and Brooklyn. He picked up bass in high school and worked professionally in big bands from the late 1930s. He worked with Van Alexander, Chick Webb, Alvino Rey, and Tommy Dorsey and recorded with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. He played with Charlie Parker on the only television appearance Parker ever made.
After the 1950s Block worked extensively as a studio musician, including for folk ensembles such as The Greenbriar Boys. He played with Jimmy McPartland and Johnny Costa, but went into semi-retirement after the 1960s.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1917, Died October 1st, 1985
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1960
Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, arranger, alto saxophone, clarinet
See Also: Block, Sid
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 272 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||71483||10-in.||11/4/1943||You better give me lots of lovin', honey||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||71484||10-in.||11/4/1943||In a friendly little harbor||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||71485||10-in.||11/4/1943||No love, no nothin'||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||71486||10-in.||11/4/1943||Southbound track||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||71487||10-in.||11/4/1943||I've had this feeling before||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||71793||10-in.||2/16/1944||San Fernando Valley||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||72483||10-in.||11/6/1944||And her tears flowed like wine||Ella Fitzgerald ; Johnny Long Orchestra ; The Song Spinners||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||72484||10-in.||11/6/1944||I'm confessin' (that I love you)||Ella Fitzgerald ; Johnny Long Orchestra ; The Song Spinners||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||72611||10-in.||12/10/1944||Angelina (The waitress at the pizzeria)||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||72612||10-in.||12/10/1944||Gonna build a big fence around Texas||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||72737||10-in.||2/20/1945||Candy||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||72738||10-in.||2/20/1945||My dreams are getting better all the time||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, clarinet|
|Decca||73123||10-in.||11/6/1945||Between the desert and me||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73124||10-in.||11/6/1945||I want to go to Texas when I die||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73341||2/4/1946||In a shanty in old shanty town||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73342||2/4/1946||Blue skies||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger|
|Decca||73379||2/18/1946||When I grow too old to dream||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73380||2/18/1946||It's a sin to tell a lie||Johnny Long Orchestra||arranger, instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||76851||9/18/1950||Aggravatin' situation||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76852||9/18/1950||Everybody wants to go to heaven||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76865||9/23/1950||Strangers||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76866||9/23/1950||Music, maestro, please||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76867||9/23/1950||Goofus||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76912||9/29/1950||May I?||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||76913||9/29/1950||One morning in May||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Block, Sandy," accessed May 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.
Block, Sandy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.
"Block, Sandy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 May 2021.
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