Sandy Block

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: 1941 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

See Also: Block, Sid

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 297 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-060611 10-in. 2/3/1941 Nighty-night Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Yvonne King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-060612 10-in. 2/3/1941 My prodigal Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Alyce King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-060613 10-in. 2/3/1941 William Tell Alvino Rey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-060614 10-in. 2/3/1941 William Tell Alvino Rey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061748 10-in. 10/24/1941 Feed that eagle Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Yvonne King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061749 10-in. 10/24/1941 You are the lyric (To the loving song in my heart) Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Bill Schallen Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061750 10-in. 10/24/1941 (The belle of the village ball) Around and around she goes Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Alyce King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061751 10-in. 10/24/1941 The skunk song Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Dick Morgan Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061752 10-in. 10/24/1941 Santa Claus is comin' to town Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Four King Sisters Jazz/dance band, with female vocal quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061914 10-in. 11/21/1941 Liebestraum (A dream of love) Alvino Rey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061915 10-in. 11/21/1941 I said no! Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Yvonne King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061916 10-in. 11/21/1941 Deep in the heart of Texas Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Skeets Herfurt ; Bill Schallen Jazz/dance band, with 2 male solos, vocal ensemble, and clapping instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061917 10-in. 11/21/1941 Sing your worries away Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Four King Sisters Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061918 10-in. 11/21/1941 Not a star in sight Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Alyce King Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061927 10-in. 11/24/1941 Someone's rocking my dreamboat Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061928 10-in. 11/24/1941 'Tis autumn Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061929 10-in. 11/24/1941 Arthur Murray taught me dancing in a hurry Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061930 10-in. 11/24/1941 We're the couple in the castle Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor PBS-061931 10-in. 11/24/1941 How do you fall in love? Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062775 10-in. 3/26/1941 My sister and I Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062776 10-in. 3/26/1941 I understand Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062777 10-in. 3/26/1941 Slap-slap (That's the way ya say hello) Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062778 10-in. 3/26/1941 I dreamt I dwelt in Harlem Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062779 10-in. 3/28/1941 Oh, for heaven's sake Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Skeets Herfurt ; Yvonne King Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-062780 10-in. 3/28/1941 As I remember you Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Bill Schollen Instrumental ensemble. with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 297 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Block, Sandy," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.

Block, Sandy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112796.

"Block, Sandy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.

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