Israel Crosby

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Israel Crosby
Israel Crosby
Israel Crosby
Background information
BornJanuary 19, 1919
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedAugust 11, 1962(1962-08-11) (aged 43)
Instrument(s)Double bass

Israel Crosby (January 19, 1919 – August 11, 1962) was an American jazz double-bassist born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1] One of the finest to emerge during the 1930s, he was also a member of the Ahmad Jamal trio for most of 1954 to 1962.[1] He is credited with taking one of the first recorded full-length bass solos, on his 1935 recording of "Blues of Israel" with drummer Gene Krupa when he was only 16.[1] Crosby died of a heart attack at age 43, two months after joining the Shearing Quintet.[1]


Israel Crosby with Benny Goodman (third from left) and some of Goodman's former musicians in 1952. Left to right: Vernon Brown, George Auld, Goodman, Gene Krupa, Clint Neagley, Ziggy Elman, Crosby and Teddy Wilson (at piano)

As sideman[edit]

With Ahmad Jamal

With others


  1. ^ a b c d AllMusic biography
  2. ^ Feather, Leonard. (1962). Herb Ellis and the All-Stars The Midnight Roll (liner notes). Epic Records. BA 17034.