Israel Crosby

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Israel Crosby
BornJanuary 19, 1919
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedAugust 11, 1962 (aged 43)
InstrumentsDouble bass
Associated actsGene Ammons, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Vernel Fournier

Israel Crosby (January 19, 1919 – August 11, 1962) was a jazz double-bassist born in Chicago, Illinois.[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 forty-three, 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.