Prior to contracting tuberculosis, Forrest Crawford was active on the '30s New York jazz scene, a series of recording sessions with cuddly trumpeter and bandleader Bunny Berigan comprising the major bite of the discographical cookie. The disease did not immediately end the career of this reed player, as he seems to have revitalized himself to the point of being able to lead a ballroom band back in his home town of St. Louis til nearly the end of the decade. He was not heard from again after this, meaning his entire professional career measures out to no more than five years, beginning where it ended.
The fishy St. Louis bandleader Joe Gill was the first to add Crawford to his roster. This was a regular gig for some two years, following which the reedman headed for New York, freelancing with a nice list of groups including the Mound City Blue Blowers. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1937, bad news at any career juncture but in this case a pronouncement delivered when the artist was reaching his peak potential.