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, 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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born January 19, 1919 (Chicago), Died August 11, 1962 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-100360||10-in.||4/9/1936||I'm a fool for loving you||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||BS-100361||10-in.||4/9/1936||Moonrise on the lowlands||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||BS-100362||10-in.||4/9/1936||I'll always be in love with you||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Victor||BS-100363||10-in.||4/9/1936||Jangled nerves||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90445||10-in.||11/16/1935||In the dark-1||Jess Stacy||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90446||10-in.||11/16/1935||Barrelhouse||Jess Stacy||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90447||10-in.||11/16/1935||The world is waiting for the sunrise||Jess Stacy||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90448||Go back where you stayed last night-1||Jess Stacy||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90460||10-in.||11/19/1935||The last round-up||Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90461||10-in.||11/19/1935||Jazz me blues||Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90462||10-in.||11/19/1935||Three little words||Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90463||10-in.||11/19/1935||Blues of Israel||Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90567||10-in.||1/13/1936||Nagasaki||Albert Ammons and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90568||10-in.||1/13/1936||Boogie woogie stomp||Albert Ammons and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90573||10-in.||1/11/1936||Early mornin' blues||Albert Ammons and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90574||10-in.||1/11/1936||Mile or mo' bird rag||Albert Ammons and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90575||10-in.||1/15/1936||He's a different type of guy||Jimmie Noone Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90576||10-in.||1/15/1936||'Way down yonder in New Orleans||Jimmie Noone Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90577||10-in.||1/15/1936||The blues jumped a rabbit||Jimmie Noone Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||90578||10-in.||1/15/1936||Sweet Georgia Brown||Jimmie Noone Orchestra||instrumentalist, string bass|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Crosby, Israel," accessed June 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106018.
Crosby, Israel. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106018.
"Crosby, Israel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 June 2023.
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Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Crosby, Israel - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88644168
Wikidata: Israel Crosby - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1674591
MusicBrainz: Israel Crosby - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/354cbda4-f966-4cf6-b3a0-d37a73199e6f
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