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Israel Crosby


Among the finest bassists to emerge through the 1930s, Israel Crosby was small and flexible plenty of to still audio quite contemporary in the first ’60s. He began on trumpet when he was five and performed trombone and tuba before buying bass. In 1935, when he was 16, Crosby required among the 1st full-length bass solos on record (“Blues for Israel”) throughout a pickup day led by Gene Krupa. He used Albert Ammons (1935-1936), Fletcher Henderson (1936-1938), the Three Sharps and a set, Horace Henderson (1940), Teddy Wilson (1940-1942), and within the studios. He was with Ahmad Jamal during the majority of 1954-1962, propelling a number of the pianist’s finest trios. He toured with Benny Goodman during section of 1955-1956 and in 1962 became a member of the George Shearing Quintet, but passed away of a coronary attack 8 weeks after documenting with Shearing.

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Full Name Israel Crosby
Died August 11, 1962, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Music Songs Profoundly Blue, More Than You Know, Mutiny in the Parlour, Poinciana, Stolen Moments, In the Mood, I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, My Old Flame, I Must Have That Man, Ahmad's Blues, Swing Is Here, Lady of Mystery, Autumn Leaves, Let's Fall in Love, Blues for Albert, Warmin' Up, Blues in C Sharp Minor, You Let Me Down, Stompin' at the Savoy, Easy Living, Soft Winds, Say It With a Kiss, I'll Dream Tonight, Chamber Concerto, A Gal in Calico, My Man, How Am I to Know?, The Mood Is Mellow, Early Session Hop, This Year's Kisses, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Sentimental and Melancholy
Albums The Awakening, Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge 1958, Those Happy Days At Home, Music of Alban Berg, Vol. 2: Chamber Concerto, Sieben Frühe Lieder

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1 Multi-instrumentalist, specialising on bass from 1934. Came to note with the bands of Gene Krupa, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman. Also played with Ahmad Jamal and George Shearing.



Benny Goodman Orchestra 1957 TV Movie Himself - Bass

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