Jimmy Cobb

Tuesday / March 24, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb was born in Washington D.C. in 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Cobb is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Cobb's inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderly spanned 1957 to 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, Porgy and Bess, and many other watershed Miles Davis recordings.

Cobb did his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cannonball Adderly before joining Miles in 1957. He continued to work with Miles' rhythm section after 1963 as the Winton Kelly Trio, then worked with Sarah Vaughn for nine years.

Over the next 30 years, Cobb freelanced with great artists including Ron Carter, George Coleman, Ricky Ford, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, Fathead Newman, Nancy Wilson, and many, many others worldwide.

Cobb has played around the world from Newport to Monte Carlo, from Los Angeles to Japan. He has performed for Presidents Ford and Carter, the Shah of Iran, and many other dignitaries. In 2007 he released Cobb's Corner with his quartet (Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Mathews, Peter Washington).

He remains active not only in New York City, where he leads Jimmy Cobb's Mob, but on the international circuit.