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 with 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!