Jimmy Cobb

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Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb.jpg
Photo by Tom Beetz
Background information
Birth nameWilbur James Cobb
Born (1929-01-20) January 20, 1929 (age 90)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1949–present

Wilbur James Cobb (born January 20, 1929) is an American jazz drummer.[1]


Jimmy Cobb with the Nat Adderley Quintet, 1993

Some of Cobb's most famous work is on Miles Davis's Kind of Blue (1959).[2][3] Cobb is the last surviving player from the session. He also played on other Davis albums, including Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall, In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete, and briefly on Porgy and Bess and Sorcerer.

He has worked with Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, Geri Allen, Earl Bostic, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Royal, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Timmons, Walter Booker, Jerome Richardson, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cleveland, Sam Jones, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Eddie Gómez, Bill Evans, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, and David Amram.


In June 2008, Jimmy Cobb was the recipient of the Don Redman Heritage award. On October 17, 2008, Cobb was one of six artists to receive the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts NEA Jazz Masters award.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • Encounter (Philology, 1994)
  • Only for the Pure of Heart (Fable/Lightyear, 1998)
  • So Nobody Else Can Hear (Expansion, 2000)
  • Four Generations of Miles: A Live Tribute to Miles (Chesky, 2002)
  • Cobb's Groove (Milestone, 2003)
  • Yesterdays (RteesanCobb Music, 2003)
  • Tribute to Wynton Kelly & Paul Chambers (Sound Hills, 2004)
  • Cobb Is Back in Italy! (Azzurra, 2005)
  • Marsalis Music Honors Series: Jimmy Cobb (Marsalis/Rounder, 2006))
  • Taking a Chance on Love (Azzurra, 2006)
  • New York Time (Chesky, 2006)
  • Cobb's Corner (Chesky, 2007)
  • Jazz in the Key of Blue (Chesky, 2009)
  • Live at Smalls (Smallslive, 2010)
  • Remembering Miles `Tribute to Miles Davis` (Sony Music, 2011)
  • The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
  • You'll See (SteepleChase, 2016)[5]

As sideman[edit]

With Pepper Adams-Donald Byrd Quintet

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Lorez Alexandria

With Geri Allen

With Dorothy Ashby

With Kenny Barron and John Hicks

With Walter Benton

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Nick Brignola

With Al Cohn

With John Coltrane

With Miles Davis

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Ricky Ford

With Curtis Fuller

With Benny Golson

With Paul Gonsalves

With Bill Hardman

With Joe Henderson

With John Hendricks

With John Hicks and Elise Wood

With Wynton Kelly

With Hubert Laws

With Johnny Lytle

With Harold Mabern

With Pat Martino

With Ronnie Mathews

With Billy Mitchell

With Wes Montgomery

With Frank Morgan

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Art Pepper

With Jimmy Raney

With Sonny Red

With Shirley Scott

With Wayne Shorter

With Don Sleet

  • All Members (Jazzland, 1961)

With Sonny Stitt

With Teri Thornton

With Bobby Timmons

With Norris Turney

With Phil Upchurch

With Sarah Vaughan

With Cedar Walton

With Dinah Washington

With C. I. Williams


  1. ^ Ron Wynn. "Jimmy Cobb - Biography". All Music. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "All-Time 100 Albums – Kind of Blue". Time Entertainment. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Dozens: The Golden Anniversary of Porgy and Bess". Jazz.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "NEA Jazz Masters - Jimmy Cobb". Washington: National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Cobb | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

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