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October 19, 2018 2 min read

Joshua Crumbly was born October 15, 1991 in Westlake Village, California.
He has always possessed a strong passion and love for music. He started playing the piano at the age of three, and by the age of five began classical piano training. Joshua studied with Dathan Dedman, one of the top piano teachers in Palmdale California. He was performing in piano recitals after only three months of formal lessons, earning high marks for his performances.

At the age of 9, Joshua began playing the electric bass. Within one year, he was already playing regular gigs with his father and other respected musicians all over the Los Angeles area as well as the regular bassist at his Church in Palmdale, CA. Some of his teachers include: Todd Johnson, Reggie Hamilton and Victor Bailey. Joshua, was also fortunate to have been mentored by Marcus Miller & Rickey Minor.

Joshua Crumbly


Toward the end of High School, Joshua began playing the upright bass in addition, and through the recommendation of Reggie Hamilton he was able to take his first upright bass lessons from the late Al Mckibbon, bassist for Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, among others.

In 2009, Joshua began attending The Juilliard School in New York City. During his freshman year of college, he was asked to join the Terence Blanchard Quintet. He toured the world extensively with Blanchard’s group while in school and held the bass chair for the Terence Blanchard Quintet for 5 years. Joshua was apart of Blanchard’s Blue Note Recording, of his album, ‘’Magnetic’’. Crumbly shared bass duties with former teacher/ bass legend Ron Carter and was able to have an original composition placed on the album, entitled ‘’Jacob’s Ladder’'.

In 2013, Joshua graduated with a bachelors of Music from the Juilliard School. He has since been working/ touring with an array of different artists such as : Kamasi Washington, Lizz Wright, Stefon Harris, Ravi Coltrane, Anthony Wilson & The Curators, among many others.

Currently, Joshua is working on his first solo album planned to be released in fall of 2018. 

Describe your rig and/or instrument of choice:Fender P bass, Epiphone Jack Cassidy, Fender Superbassman w/ 4X10 cab 

How did you discover Nordstrand/How long have you been using Nordstrand? I found out about Nordstrand Audio through a mentor of mine by the name of Reggie Hamilton. He told me about the pickups about 10yrs ago or so & I’ve had them in various instruments of mine ever since. I like the fact that Nordstrand has something for everyone, every type of musician. Also, the imaginative take on classic design is really cool. They just sound great too! 
Currently bassist for: Leon Bridges 

Find more about Joshua at:
Instagram : @joshuacrumbly 

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