Jazz drummer and percussionist Jimmy Cobb died May 24, 2020 as the result of lung cancer in his New York City home at the age of 91.

Cobb was the last surviving member of the band that performed on the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue” in 1959.

“Kind of Blue” also featured sax man Cannonball Adderly and John Coltrane.  The album went on to be certified multi platinum for selling five million copies in the United States.

He would go on to appear on several more of Davis’ albums; as well as, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz; along with a number of solo releases.

Washington D.C. native Wilbur James Cobb was born in 1929 where he worked as a busboy at a local drugstore’s lunch counter and used the money to buy his first drum set when he was 13 years old.  Cobb did take a few lessons, but mostly taught himself how to play.

Cobb’s survivors include his wife Eleana.

a partial Jimmy Cobb discography:
“Encounter”
“Only for the Pure of Heart”
“So Nobody Else Can Hear”
“Four Generations of Miles: A Live Tribute to Miles”
“Cobb’s Groove”
“Tribute to Wynton Kelly & Paul Chambers”
“Cobb is Back in Italy!”
“Marsalis Music Honors Series: Jimmy Cobb”
“Taking a Chance on Love”
“New York Time”
“Cobb’s Corner”
“Jazz in the Key of Blue”
“Live at Smalls”
“Remembering Miles: Tribute to Miles Davis”
“The Original Mob”
“You’ll See”
“This I Dig of You”
“Cobb’s Pocket”

 

 

 

Feature photo credit: By Tom Beetz – Jimmy Cobb, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3915282