Gary Crosby (bassist)
|Born||26 January 1955|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, arranger, bandleader, educator|
|Associated acts||Jazz Warriors; Tomorrow's Warriors; Gary Crosby's Nu Troop; Jazz Jamaica|
Gary Crosby OBE (born 26 January 1955) is a British jazz double bassist, composer, music arranger, and educator. He was a founder member of the celebrated group the Jazz Warriors in the 1980s and has worked with many top international artists.
Also a bandleader, record producer, company director and facilitator, he leads Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop, Gary Crosby Trio, Guava, Jazz Jamaica and Jazz Jamaica All Stars. Crosby is executive Artistic Director of Tomorrow's Warriors, a music education/professional development organization co-founded in 1991 with his partner Janine Irons. In 1996 Crosby and Irons established Dune Music, a company that encompasses artist management, a record label, music publishing, and education.
Born in London of Jamaican heritage, Crosby is the nephew of guitarist Ernest Ranglin, who performed with Jazz Jamaica at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in October 2009 as part of the club's anniversary concert series. Crosby started out playing trumpet but in his teens studied with noted bassist Peter Ind, going on to become a founding member in 1986 of the Jazz Warriors — a group that showcased such talented young Black musicians as Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Cleveland Watkiss, Phillip Bent, and Orphy Robinson.
In 1991, Crosby established Tomorrow's Warriors, providing a platform for talented young musicians who wished to pursue a career in jazz. Over the following 13 years, the Tomorrow's Warriors Jazz Café Jam Session became an institution and developed four generations of Warriors, including Denys Baptiste, J-Life and Soweto Kinch.
In 2004, the Tomorrow's Warriors Jam Session moved to The Spice Of Life in Soho, where it remained active until Summer 2010. Tomorrow’s Warriors continues to develop the careers of young musicians and is now commencing the development of its sixth generation of Warriors with core programmes and workshops at Southbank Centre, London.
In the early 1990s, Crosby set up Jazz Jamaica, a group of Jamaican jazz musicians, in which young musicians played alongside such seasoned talent as ska trombonist Rico Rodriquez and trumpeter Eddie Thornton.
In 1996, Crosby and his partner, Janine Irons, established The Dune Music Company Ltd, a commercial company comprising four divisions: artist management, record label, music publishing, and education. Artists associated with Dune Music include Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, Abram Wilson, Andrew McCormack, Empirical and J-Life.
In 2002, Crosby won the award for Best Band for his 20-piece big band, Jazz Jamaica All Stars. In the same year, he was honoured by the Festival Directorate of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Jamaica, for Consistent Contribution to Music in Jamaica, thereby securing a place in the Jamaica Jazz Hall Of Fame.
In 2006, Jazz Jamaica was given the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble.
In 2012, Crosby received the Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education. Citing Crosby's nomination for the award, presenter Paul Gambaccini said: "Gary has been making his mark as a jazz educator and bass player since 1991 when he formed the group ‘Tomorrow’s Warriors’ as a platform for young musicians who want to pursue a career in jazz. The ethos is to encourage young people from all backgrounds but there is a positive move to encourage people of the African diaspora. Many women have come through the Warriors' training bands and have now secured places at leading music colleges. Gary Crosby through his organisation and outstanding teaching has achieved in 20 years what many would think would take a lifetime in regards to ethnic minorities and gender imbalances."
In September 2017, Crosby was named by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) as one of 12 recipients (including Michael Gibbs, Paulette Long, Emeli Sandé, Martyn Ware and others) of a Gold Badge Award , which celebrates the unique contribution of those who have supported or inspired the UK songwriting and composing community.
- Tomorrow's Warriors website.
- Ijeoma Azubuike, "Preview: Gary Crosby - Lively Up! Festival" (interview with Gary Crosby), London Jazz News, 9 October 2012.
- Ronnie Scott's Anniversary Concert Series - "Ernest Ranglin and Jazz Jamaica, including his nephew Gary Crosby". 2009.
- Paul Taylor, "Gary's jazz journey", Manchester Evening News, 27 January 2006.
- "Gary Crosby – The artistic side of Dune Records", Open Sky Jazz, 23 October 2009.
- John Murph, "Do Your Own Thing: The Dune Label", JazzTimes, March 2004.
- "About", Tomorrow's Warriors website.
- Neil Price, "Gary Crosby Quintet to Celebrate 70 Years of Blue Note at Spice of Life", JazzWise, 16 June 2009.
- "Record label PR file: Dune Records", The Independent, 31 January 2007.
- "Gary Crosby's Nu Troop", Air, Artist Agency.
- Tanya Batson, "Four awarded for contributions to music" Archived 12 August 2004 at the Wayback Machine., Jamaica Gleaner, 18 June 2002.
- "Young British jazz artists dominate this year's BBC Jazz Awards", BBC press release, 10 July 2007.
- "Gary Crosby awarded OBE in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours", The Jazz Mann, 16 June 2009.
- "Gary Crosby OBE honoured with parliamentary Award for Jazz Education", Tomorrow's Warriors website. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012 - Winners Archived 20 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine., The Jazz Site, 16 May 2012.
- "Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012", Properganda Online, 22 May 2012.
- "BASCA Gold Badge Award Recipients for 2017 Announced", BASCA, 4 September 2017.
- "Gold Badge Awards 2017 Celebrates British Jazz", M Magazine, 5 September 2017.