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. One of the finest to emerge during the 1930s,[1] he is best known as a member of the Ahmad Jamal trio from 1957 to 1962. A close contemporary of fellow bassist 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.

One of Teddy Wilson's most celebrated instrumentals, "Blues In C Sharp Minor" from May 14, 1936 featured Crosby's prominent slap bass.

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