Jimmy Cobb

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Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb.jpg
Photo by Tom Beetz
Background information
Born (1929-01-20) January 20, 1929 (age 87)
Washington, D.C.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1949–present
Website www.jimmycobb.net
Jimmy Cobb with the Nat Adderley Quintet, 1993

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


Probably Cobb's most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record.[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 extensively with a wide range of artists, including Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, 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, Stefan Karlsson, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, and David Amram.

As of 2011, Cobb leads the Jimmy Cobb "So What" Band, a tribute to 50 years of Kind of Blue and the music of Miles Davis.


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]

As sideman[edit]

With the Pepper Adams Donald Byrd Quintet
With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Toshiko Akiyoshi
With Lorez Alexandria

With Geri Allen

With Dorothy Ashby
With Walter Benton
With Walter Bishop, Jr.
With John Coltrane
With Miles Davis
With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Curtis Fuller
With Ofer Ganor

With Benny Golson

With Paul Gonsalves
With Joe Henderson
With John Hendricks
With Wynton Kelly
With Hubert Laws
With Johnny Lytle
With Pat Martino
With Wes Montgomery
With Art Pepper
With Sonny Red
With Shirley Scott
With Wayne Shorter
With Don Sleet
  • All Members (Jazzland, 1961)
With Teri Thornton
With Bobby Timmons
With Norris Turney
With Phil Upchurch
With Sarah Vaughan

With Cedar Walton

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. 

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