Jimmy Cobb
January 20, 1929

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© Goffredo Loertscher
Jimmy Cobb...
Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy's inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain", Someday My Prince will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watershed Miles Davis recordings.

Jimmy did his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, before joining Miles in 1957. by 1963 Tony Williams took over the Miles drum chair in 1963 and Jimmy left Miles to continue to work with Miles' rhythm section, Winton Kelly and Paul Chambers behind Wes Montgomery. In addition to several Winton Kelly Trio Albums, the three did albums with Kenny Burrell, and J.J. Johnson, among others, before disbanding in the late 60's.

Jimmy then worked with Sarah Vaughn for 9 years. Afterward, Jimmy continued to freelance with several great groups throughout the 70's 80's and 90's including, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderly, Ricky Ford, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, The Great Jazz Trio with Nancy Wilson, Dave Holland, Warren Bernhardt, and many, many others worldwide.

In the early 90's a Television Special produced by Eleana Tee featured Jimmy playing and hanging with Freddie Hubbard, the late Gregory Hines, Bill Cosby, Dave Leibman, Pee Wee Ellis, and others. Jimmy has played around the world from Newport to Monte Carlo, from LA to Japan. He has performed for both Presidents Ford, and Carter, the Shah of Iran and many other dignitaries in his storied career, and is quoted extensively in "Kind of Blue", the Documentary of those legendary recording sessions as well as Writing the forward for the Book --Kind of Blue-- the making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece in 2000.

In 2002 Jimmy completed a "Four Generations of Miles" album with guitarist, Mike Stern, Ron Carter (bass), and George Coleman (tenor) for Chesky records. Other releases include his long awaited solo album, "Yesterdays", produced by Eleana Tee for Rteesan Productions. It features Michael Brecker on tenor, Marion Meadows on soprano, Roy Hargrove, trumpet and flugelhorn, Jon Faddis, trumpet, Eric Lewis, electric piano, Peter Bernstein, guitar, and John Weber on bass. This album was done in Jimmy's two adopted home towns; recorded and shot in New York, and mixed and edited in Woodstock, NY. It includes a wide variety of arrangements ranging from a unique interpretation of Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" to ballads "Yesterdays" and blues (All Blues, Faddis, Monk) and standards, "Without a Song" and "Love Walked Right In". This major musical statement will include several music videos and a complete television documentary.

Later, Jimmy's Albums New York Time, Cobb's Corner and West of 5th, Produced by Eleana SteinbergTee and David Chesky were released. Jimmy's Album New York Time played by Jimmy, Christian McBride, bass, Javon Jackson, tenor sax, and Cedar Walton, on piano incorporates songs for all moods. West of 5th features Jimmy, accompanied by Hank Jones on piano and Christian McBride on Bass, in this compilation of songs is a ballad written by Mr. Cobb in tribute to his late younger sister Eleanor. And In 2007 Cobb--s Corner was released, played by Jimmy, Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Mathews, and Peter Washington AKA The Jimmy Cobb Quartet.

Jimmy remains active, not only in New York City, where he leads Jimmy Cobb's Mob but on the international circuit including Japan, China, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, & South Africa.









All Blues
from the album:
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue


So What
from the album:
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue

Originally released in 1959, Miles Davis's magnum opus Kind of Blue is still considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Starring Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb, Kind of Blue has held onto its status as an album that crosses genres, speaks to generations, and is one of the first (if not the first) album that any new jazz acolyte purchases. Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition) offers the complete studio sessions on 2 CDs, including false starts, alternate takes and a 17-minute 1960 live version of "So What."










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Miles Davis - Jimmy Cobb








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Miles Davis - Jimmy Cobb




















performed with:

John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Wynton Kelly
Earl Bostic
Stan Getz
Paul Chambers
Billie Holiday
Leo Parker
Charlie Rouse
Dinah Washington
Wes Montgomery
Ernie Royal
Philly Joe Jones
Walter Booker
Jerome Richardson
Keter Betts
Jimmy Cleveland
Orrin Keepnews
Sam Jones
Ron Carter
Clark Terry
Red Garland
Joe Henderson
Eddie Gomez
Winton Kelly
Cannonball
& Nat Adderley
Bill Evans
Stefan Karlsson
Jeremy Steig
Richard Wyands
Peter Bernstein
Richie Cole
John Webber
Sarah Vaughn
Nancy Wilson
Johnny Stitt
Dizzy Gilespie
Dinah Washington
Ricky Ford
David Amram
Kenny Burrell
J.J. Johnson

...and many more








































Richard Wyands - John Webber - Jimmy Cobb - Peter Bernstein






























































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