Anyone who claims that an OBE stands for Other Blighters’ Efforts hasn’t met Gary Crosby. Nobody invests more hands-on time in jazz education than the deep-grooving double-bassist honoured in 2009. A musician who leads by example.
Few people have done more for British jazz in the last 25 years than Gary Crosby
The Jazz Man
Gary Crosby OBE is a leading jazz double bassist, music arranger and educator in the UK. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors.
A founder member of the original Jazz Warriors, Gary Crosby is a professional musician and bandleader, composer/arranger, record producer, company director and facilitator. He leads Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop, Gary Crosby Trio, Guava, Jazz Jamaica and Jazz Jamaica All Stars – and has worked with many top international artists.
Gary is the nephew of guitarist Ernest Ranglin, who performed with Jazz Jamaica at Ronnie Scott’s in October 2009 as part of the club’s anniversary concert series.
In 1992, Gary established Tomorrow’s Warriors, providing a platform for talented young musicians who wished to pursue a career in jazz. Over the following 13 years, the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Café Jam Session became an institution and developed four generations of Warriors, including Denys Baptiste, J-Life and Soweto Kinch.
In 2004, the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jam Session moved to The Spice Of Life in Soho, where it remained active until Summer 2010. Tomorrow’s Warriors continues to develop the careers of young musicians and is now commencing the development of its sixth generation of Warriors with core programs and workshops at Southbank Centre, London.
In 1996, Gary and his partner, Janine Irons MBE FRSA established The Dune Music Company Ltd, a commercial company comprising four divisions: artist management, record label, music publishing, and education. Artists associated with Dune Music include Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, Abram Wilson, Andrew McCormack, Empirical, Rhythmica and J-Life.
In 1998, Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop won the award for Best International Ensemble at the Jazz à VienneConcours International d’Orchestres in France.
In 2002, Gary won the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award for Best Band for his 20-piece big band, Jazz Jamaica All Stars. In the same year, he was honoured by the Festival Directorate of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Jamaica, for Consistent Contribution To Music In Jamaica, thereby securing a place in the Jamaica Jazz Hall Of Fame.
In 2006, Jazz Jamaica was awarded the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble.
In 2007, Gary received the BBC Radio Jazz Award for Services to Jazz.
In 2009, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
In 2012, Gary received the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education.
In 2017, Gary was bestowed with high honours from BASCA with a Gold Badge Award.