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Jimmy Owens: Musician and Supporter
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Jazz musicians playing in major
New York City clubs are not guaranteed fair pay, do not receive healthcare benefits and
often retire in poverty.

NYC’s Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard and the Village Vanguard refuse to pay into a pension fund that would allow jazz artists to retire with dignity. Sign the petition below and tell the club owners to do right by the musicians who make them rich. Local 802 American Federation of Musicians
J4JA Endorsers:
  Prominent Musicians   •   Jason Moran   •   Christian McBride   •   Ron Carter   •   Jimmy Owens   •   Marc Ribot   •   Jimmy Cobb   •   Harry Belafonte   •   Joe Lovano   •   John Pizzarelli   •   Bucky Pizzarelli   •   Dave Liebman   •   Kenny Barron   •   Fred Hersch   •   Bertha Hope   •   Bernard Purdie   •   Bob Cranshaw   •   Lakecia Benjamin   •   Bobby Sanabria   •   Randy Weston   •   Billy Harper   •   Janet Lawson   •   Wycliffe Gordon   •   Dr. Larry Ridley   •   Gene Perla   •   Seth MacFarlane   •   Rufus Reid   •   Andrew Lamb   •   James Spaulding   •   Phil Woods   •   Akua Dixon   •   David Amram   •   Ed MacEachen   •   Butch Miles   •   Charli Persip   •   Kenny Davis   •   Junior Mance   •   Charles Tolliver   •   Keisha St. Joan   •   Regina Carter   •   James Carter   •   Judi Silvano   •   Papo Vasquez   •   Paquito D’ Rivera   •   Chris Walden   •   Tom "Bones" Malone   •   Lou Donaldson   •   Billy Kaye   •   Roy Campbell   •   Harold Mabern   •   Dr. Lewis Porter   •   Mala Waldron   •   Michael Abene   •   "Sweet" Sue Terry   •   Ron Jackson   •   Steven Bernstein   •   Douglas Purviance   •   Ras Moshe   •   Patience Higgins   •   James Chirillo   •   Saul Rubin   •   Bobby Shankin   •   Bill Kirchner   •   Jay Leonhart   •   Rachel Z   •   Bill Frisell   •   Joe Temperley   •   Jerry Dodgion   •   Russell Malone   •   Jay Brandford   •   Steve Davis   •   Carol Sudhalter   •   John Mosca   •   Alicia Hall Moran   •   Shari Belafonte   •   Sean Smith   •   Ivan Renta   •   Bobby LaVell   •   Jon Owens   •   Gary Smulyan   •   Melvin Gibbs   •   Onaje Allan Gumbs   •   Dick Griffin   •   Dale Turk   •   Bill Crow   •   Marsha Heydt   •   Cleave Guyton   •   Francesca Tanksley   •   Elisabeth Lohninger   •   Rory Stuart   •   Charles Bartlett   •   Armen Donelian   •   Ray Blue   •   Buster Williams   •   Ulysses Owens, Jr.   •   Steve Johns   •   Daryl Johns   •   Terence Blanchard   •   Scott Robinson   •   Tierney Sutton   •   Bill Saxton   •   Tatum Greenblatt   •   Supporters in Memoriam   •   Carline Ray   •   Hank Jones   •   Dr. Billy Taylor   •   Benny Powell   •   Amiri Baraka   •   Gaudencio Thiago de Mello   •   Jazz Organizations   •   Jazz Foundation of America   •   Andy Kirk Research Foundation   •   Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium   •   Jazz Bridge   •   Educational Institutions   •   New School Jazz Department Faculty Committee   •   Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research   •   The Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia   •   Writers, Journalist and Educators   •   Martin Mueller   •   Stanley Crouch   •   Gary Giddins   •   Nat Hentoff   •   Dan Morgenstern   •   John Chilton   •   Dr. Judith Schlesinger   •   Emilie Pons   •  
Elected Officials   •   NY City Council Members James Van Bramer (D-26, Queens)   •   Corey D. Johnson (D-3, Manhattan)   •   Laurie A. Cumbo (D-35, Brooklyn)   •   I. Daneek Miller (D-27, Queens)   •   Robert Cornegy (D-36, Brooklyn)   •   Mark Levine (D-7, Manhattan)   •   Deborah Rose (Staten Island)   •   Stephen Levin (D-33, Brooklyn)   •   Costa G. Constantinides (D-22, Queens)   •   Brad Lander (D-39, Brooklyn)   •   Daniel R. Garodnick (D-4, Manhattan)   •   Jumaane D. Williams (D-45, Brooklyn)   •   Antonio Reynoso (D-34 Brooklyn)   •   Elizabeth S. Crowley (D-30, Queens)  •   Speaker of NY City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-8, Manhattan)   •   NY State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-27)   •   NY State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21)   •   NY State Senator Jose Peralta (D-13)   •   NY State Senator Liz Krueger (D-28)   •   NY State Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-67th Assembly District)   •   NY State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (D-75th Assembly District)   •   NY State Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-66th Assembly District)   •   US Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), US Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)   •   US Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY)   •   NY City Comptroller Scott Stringer   •   Public Advocate Letitia James   •   Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer   •   The Honorable David N. Dinkins   •   106th Mayor of NY City   •   William Thompson, NY City Comptroller 2002-2009   •   Religious Organizations & Leaders: Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director   •   Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Church, Amandus J. Derr, Senior Pastor   •   Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Senior Pastor at First Corinthian Baptist Church   •   Rev. Nat Dixon, Pastor at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church   •   Dr. Cornel West   •   Labor   •   New York Central Labor Council   •   American Federation of Musicians, Ray Hair ’ President; Sam Folio ’ Secretary-Treasurer   •   Local 802, Associated Musicians of Greater New York   •   Local 802 Jazz Advisory Committee   •   Local 802 Theater Committee   •   NY State United Teachers   •   CUNY Professional Staff Congress   •   Actor's Equity Association   •   Communications Workers of America - District 1   •   Communications Workers of America - Local 1109   •   Central New Mexico Central Labor Council   •   ACT-UAW Local 7902, Emily Barnett, President   •  

News & Events


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Joe Lovano, a long-time J4JA supporter, Local 802 member and talented musician, speaks out about the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign and building solidarity in the jazz movement in the new issue of Allegro.

Local 802 rep Bob Pawlo sat down with Mr. Lovano for an interview about growing as a musician, early gig stories and favorite players, technique, advice for young musicians and his feelings on the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign.

Jazz players are dedicated artists and innovators and the fight for economic justice in the community is about more than security for individual artists, as important as that is. Our campaign is about both obtaining security for the artists and maintaining an environment where the art form can continue to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the culture, as it has for decades. Joe nails it when he says:

Justice for Jazz Artists is so important, and it has to apply to all of our work. This campaign is just the first step in reaching that goal. People need to know that we love to play and we live to play but we also play to live so show the love back and treat us right!

See what Joe had to say to club owners and about life as a musician at Allegro’s site, here.


J4JA Organizer Writes About Challenges of Building Movements That Matter

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John O’Connor—Local 802 Vice President and a key organizer of the J4JA campaign—has an illuminating article in the newest issue of Allegro (Local 802’s monthly publication) about union membership and what it takes to build meaningful movements that result in real change.

O’Connor’s piece, titled “You’ve Got to Be In It to Win It,” argues that the best way to win real economic change is through solidarity that extends to every member of a community. In other words, it’s easier to achieve victory for everyone when all members have a stake—and stand together as part of a common cause.

This is one of the guiding principles of the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign—building a critical mass of community support is vital to obtaining economic security for more of the community’s hard-working, talented artists. Our prominent musician endorsers, who stand up for the movement’s goals even when they personally may not be the ones most in need, are shining examples of this principle of solidarity.

Mr. O’Connor puts it succinctly:

I know several jazz musicians who are members of Local 802 for this reason … they see the union as a social compact with their brothers and sisters.

Click here to read Mr. O’Connor’s piece in full and make sure to check back in with the Allegro page for its monthly issues.


J4JA Supporters Grammy Nominees

Justice for Jazz Artists musicians are passionate advocates for fairness in the NYC music scene, and they are some of the most talented purveyors of jazz, the most American of art forms.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards are coming up this Sunday, February 8th. Unsurprisingly, many of our talented supporters are among those nominated for the music industry’s most prestigious honors.

Justice for Jazz Artists wants to thank our musician endorsers for all their hard work and congratulate them on their nominations–they are:

Rufus Reid, Best Instrumental Composition; Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Kenny Barron, Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Fred Hersch, Best Improvised Jazz Solo; Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Joe Lovano, Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Tierney Sutton, Best Jazz Vocal Album
Jason Moran, Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chris Walden, Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (John Mosca and Doug Purviance, co-leaders)

Good luck!


Tatum Greenblatt Endorses J4JA!

Tatum Greenblatt, who has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the NYC music scene, has endorsed J4JA’s fight to win basic fairness for talented jazz players in New York City clubs.

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Gifted from an early age, a turning point in Tatum’s education and development came when he participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Band competition. There he met Wynton Marsalis–later to name him as one of his favorite up-and-coming trumpet players–and received a three hour private lesson. Greenblatt moved to New York City at 18 to study at the New School and later went on to earn a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

Greenblatt has performed with Marsalis as well as with Joe Lovano, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Richard Bona, Blood Sweat & Tears, Maria Schneider, Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, India Arie, George Gruntz, Donny McCaslin, Christian McBride, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Reggie Workman, George Garzone and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He spent more than five years touring worldwide with The Richard Bona Group and Mingus Bands, performing in more than 40 countries on 6 continents, and can be heard frequently around New York City with groups such as The Mingus Big Band, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Fat Cat Big Band, and Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. Tatum has also appeared on dozens of recordings with a wide variety of artists including Captain Black Big Band, George Gruntz, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Grizzly Bear, and the soundtrack to the motion picture The Longest Week.

Tatum also cares about giving back and has frequently taken on the role of music educator. He taught for five years with the Midori and Friends Program where he taught jazz band and private lessons at an inner city New York high school. He has also served as a small-ensemble instructor at The New School and Temple University, taught education workshops internationally during his time at Juilliard, and recently led workshops with The Mingus Big Band at the University of Vermont at their annual Mingus High School Competition and festival.

Tatum’s latest album, Imprints, his third as a leader, was released to critical acclaim in March, 2012, earning a “Critic’s Pick” from DownBeat Magazine. Tatum also appeared in the 2011 film New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall, as a member of “Jensen” (Jon Bon Jovi’s) band. For more on Tatum Greenblatt visit


Jon-Erik Kellso Endorses J4JA!

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra.

In ’88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band with whom he’s made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively.

Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern.

Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis JONArmstrong’s Hot 5s and 7s; leading the EarRegulars at the Detroit Jazz Fest and Moab Music Fest; various appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski’s Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.

At home in New York City Kellso has been leading The EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights since 2007. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Small’s, etc.

Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” “The Aviator,” “The Good Shepherd,” and “Revolutionary Road” with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. He was on screen in “Revolutionary Road,” and can also be seen and heard in the just-completed HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.”

Jon is on well over a hundred CDs, including five as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his “Remembering Ruby” CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, “Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans,” is dedicated to Jon’s friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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Welcome Jon!


Tierney Sutton Endorses J4JA!

The New York Times has called J4JA’s newest musician endorser, Tierney Sutton, “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”

A six time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument.

Most recently, Tierney received her 5th consecutive Grammy Nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for her Tierney Suttonlatest project, “After Blue,” an intimate, jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The album, which is Sutton’s first solo outing without her longtime Band, features Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Serge Merlaud, Kevin Axt and The Turtle Island Quartet.

Spanning over 20 years of collaboration, the Tierney Sutton Band’s nine CDs have consistently topped the US jazz charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek’s Vocalist of the Year as well as to numerous other accolades in the music world including a 2011 Grammy nomination for the Band’s collaborative arranging.

She has headlined in recent years at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She can also be heard on film and television soundtracks including The Academy Award-nominated film “The Cooler” as well as on television commercials (BMW, Green Giant, Yoplait Yogurt, Coke).

When she is off the road, Tierney is an active educator. She taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and is currently the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, CA where she has created a new curriculum for vocalists of all genres. Tierney has taught and mentored some of music’s finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

Welcome Tierney!


Steve Wilson Endorses J4JA!

Justice for Jazz Artists welcomes musician and educator Steve Wilson, who has publicly endorsed our campaign to bring common sense economic relief to struggling jazz musicians. 

Steve is a musician’s musician and has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. Wilson has brought his distinctive Steve Wilsonsound to more than 100 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, Bill Stewart, James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. He also has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar musicians as Lewis Nash, Carl Allen, Steve Nelson, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, James Genus, Larry Grenadier, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, and Nicholas Payton.

Cited by his peers in a New York Times poll as one of the artists most likely to break out as an established leader, Wilson recorded four CDs – “New York Summit,” “Step Lively,” “Blues for Marcus” and “Four For Time” – on the Criss Cross label. He then recorded two projects for Chick Corea’s Stretch Records label – “Generations,” his multi-generational quartet with Mulgrew Miller, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley—and “Passages,” which features his long-time musical partners Bruce Barth, Ed Howard and Adam Cruz, and special guest Nicholas Payton. Containing nine original compositions, “Passages” established Wilson as a leader whose vision reveres the past, creates a soundscape of the present, and reaches toward the future.

An in-demand and passionate educator, Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music at City College of New York, and on faculty at the Juilliard School. With the support of friend and mentor Dr. Billy Taylor, Wilson has been a frequent guest performer/educator at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been a featured performer, panelist, and clinician at conferences of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music of America, and International Association of Jazz Educators. Wilson was honored with the Marc Crawford Jazz Educator Award from New York University 2001 and the Virginia Jazz Award 2003 Musician of the Year presented by the Richmond Jazz Society, recognizing his outstanding service in the advancement of jazz and education in their respective communities. He is an active mentor in the nurturing and promotion of his former students’ emerging careers who have performed with The Count Basie Orchestra, Johnny Mandel, Beyonce Knowles, Roy Hargrove, and many others.

Wilson’s current projects reflect his multifaceted artistry, versatility, and associations with some of the most highly regarded artists on the scene. His quartet Wilsonian’s Grain, which consists of Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo, and Bill Stewart or Clarence Penn, has been featured on NPR live from the Kennedy Center and the Village Vanguard in New York City, and headlined at the prestigious Detroit Jazz Festival in 2011. Wilson is one-half of two dynamic duos, “Musical Dialogue” with renowned drummer Lewis Nash, and in another with pianist Bruce Barth as documented on their recent recording “Home” on the We Always Swing label. He co-leads an elegant trio with pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist Peter Washington, and with composer/arranger David O’Rourke has a repertoire as soloist with strings. Wilson is touring member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Billy Childs Quartet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight as well as McBride’s Grammy-winning Big Band, and the Buster Williams Quartet.

Welcome Steve!


Bill Saxton Endorses J4JA!

Saxophonist Bill Saxton was born in Harlem and attended New York City public schools. His musical career Bill Saxtonspans from the late 1960’s to the present. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in jazz performance, he went on to appear with and/or record with jazz giants Roy Haynes, Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carmen McRae, Mongo Santamaria, Roy Ayers, Barry Harris, Tito Puente, and Charles Tolliver, to name a few.

Bill toured with “The US Department of State” extensively throughout West Africa. He went on to play across Europe and into Japan and the Caribbean. He has been honored at the White House during Black Music Month, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has featured his story, and the New York Library for the Performing Arts inducted him as a living Jazz Legend.

In Harlem he has established himself as a bandleader of world class musicians for over a decade, working alongside such notable performers as Bobby Watson, Hilton Ruiz, Bobby Forester and John Hicks.

Saxton is author of more than 80 musical compositions. Tunes such as “Beneath the Surface,” “One for Booker” and “Priorities” earned him a three star rating and critical acclaim in DownBeat, BeBop and Beyond magazines.

In 2006, Bill rejuvenated a historical jazz landmark when he opened the salon style venue “Bill’s Place” on 133rd Street in Harem. During prohibition, 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues (now recognized now as the original “Swing Street,” predating 52nd Street) was a regular after hours hangout for celebrities such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Langston Hughes, and others. The then popular speakeasy at 148 West 133rd was a home base for the great Harlem Stride pianist, Willie “The Lion” Smith and often featured a young Billie Holiday. This space is now fully renovated and filled with the living spirit of jazz.

Bill’s Place continues the purist legacy of serious straight ahead jazz. Saxton lives his African American heritage and he and his venue represent New York City’s jazz community in one of its most vital and creative forms. More info can be found on Bill’s website,

Welcome Bill!


Scott Robinson Endorses Justice for Jazz Artists!

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One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz’s greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 230 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide, and have appeared in many “Best of the Year” lists. Scott’s collaborators on disc have included Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Bob Brookmeyer, and he has been a member of Maria Schneider’s Orchestra for twenty years.

Since moving to New York in 1984, Scott has been awarded four fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, and participated in a number of Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning recordings. He has been profiled in new editions of the Encyclopedia of Jazz and Grove’s Dictionary of Jazz, along with books by Royal Stokes, Nat Hentoff and others. In 1997, a 4-minute CNN program featured Scott and the giant contrabass saxophone which he used on his CD, Thinking Big. Scott has been the winner of a number of Down Beat Critics Polls and Jazz Journalists Association awards in recent years.

Under the Doc-Tone imprint, Scott recently released Bronze Nemesis, a CD featuring 12 compositions based on the exploits of 1930s pulp adventure hero Doc Savage. This project, ten years in the making, was greeted with extensive press coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Down Beat and elsewhere.

Robinson just recorded a new project with Marshall Allen of Sun Ra fame, and drummer Warren Smith, to be released on his ScienSonic Laboratories label (a signatory company with Local 802 — visit A respected performer in all areas of jazz, from traditional to avant-garde, Scott Robinson has arrived at his own unique musical voice which, as once described in a North Sea Jazz Festival program, “combines solid foundations with great daring.”

Welcome Scott!



The legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb—who recently gave testimony in support of J4JA before of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and the Committee on Civil Service and Labor of the New York City Council—has publicly endorsed Justice for Jazz Artists.

Cobb is a superb, mostly self-taught musician and the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. He is most renowned for playing on Davis’ landmark jazz record Kind of Blue. He also played witJimmy Cobb Photoh Davis on Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, Live at Carnegie Hall, Live at the Blackhawk, Porgy and Bess, and many other definitive recordings.

In 2002 Cobb completed a Four Generations of Miles album for Chesky Records with guitarist Mike Stern and legendary performers Ron Carter and George Coleman. He is quoted extensively in “Kind of Blue,” the documentary of those legendary recording sessions, and wrote the forward for the book Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, published in 2000.

Before joining Davis in 1957 Jimmy did his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley. Cobb has played with numerous jazz greats since, including Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt, Ricky Ford, Hank Jones, Dave Holland, Wes Montgomery, Fathead Newman, Wynton Kelly, Nancy Wilson, Paul Chambers, and J4JA supporters Ron Carter and Christian McBride.

His work has been documented on legendary recordings, and on film and TV, including in an early 90’s television special produced by Eleana Tee that featured Cobb playing and hanging with Freddie Hubbard, Gregory Hines, Bill Cosby, Dave Liebman, Pee Wee Ellis, and others.

Mr. Cobb has played around the world, from Newport to Monte Carlo, Los Angeles to Japan. He has performed for both Presidents Ford and Carter, the Shah of Iran and many other dignitaries in his storied career. In June of 2008 he was the recipient of the Don Redman Heritage award and just four months later, on October 17 2008, Cobb was one of six individuals to be presented with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award.

Mr. Cobb remains active, not only in New York City, where he leads “Jimmy Cobb’s Mob” but on the international circuit, playing in locations like Japan, China, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, and South Africa.

J4JA is proud to have such a consummate professional and experienced artist as a public endorser.

Welcome Jimmy Cobb!


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