Joshua Crumbly is a Chicago based bassist and composer. Making his professional debut at age 10 alongside his saxophonist father, Crumbly was mentored from a young age by such iconic bassists as Reggie Hamilton (Whitney Houston, Seal), Al McKibbon (Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins) and Victor Bailey (Weather Report). Crumbly then went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School, and by the end of his freshman year he’d been recruited to join trumpet great Terence Blanchard’s band to record Blanchard’s acclaimed album Magnetic.
Since then, Joshua Crumbly has recorded and toured with a staggering list of genre-blurring artists including Kamasi Washington, Lizz Wright, Stefon Harris, Ravi Coltrane, Anthony Wilson, and Leon Bridges.
Recently he released the debut album titled Rise. According to the press release, the album features “explosions of synths mixed with a driving drum pattern that has the dusty texture of a jazz lounge.”
“I wanted the music to have as many opportunities for everyone to sort of musically paint and communally express together,” Crumbly says. “I’ll share with everyone what each song is about for me, but of course they can relate to it in their own way. Many of the songs are drawn from a specific experience that I’ve had, but I don’t wish to impose that interpretation on anyone else.”