Israel Crosby

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Israel Crosby
Birth name Israel Crosby
Born January 19, 1919
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Died August 11, 1962 (aged 43)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Double bassist
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Gene Ammons, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Vernel Fournier
Notable instruments
Double bass

Israel Crosby (January 19, 1919 – August 11, 1962) was a jazz double-bassist born in Chicago, Illinois, best known as member of the Ahmad Jamal trio from 1957 to 1962. A close contemporary of Jimmy Blanton, Crosby is less considered as a pioneer, but his interactive playing in Jamal's trio and that of George Shearing shows how easily and fluently he displayed a modern approach to jazz double bass. He is credited with taking the first recorded bass solo on his 1935 recording of "Blues of Israel" with drummer Gene Krupa (Prestige PR 7644) when he was only 16.

Crosby died of a heart attack two months after joining the Shearing Quintet.[1]


As sideman[edit]

With Ahmad Jamal

With others


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