Jimmy Cobb

Jimmy Cobb

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Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy leads many bands including the world renowned Jimmy Cobb So What Band: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Kind of Blue and the music of Miles Davis. for a complete list of Jimmy Cobb's Bands please refer to jimmycobb.com

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Biography

Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 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", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watershed Miles Davis recordings.

Jimmy did his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, before joining Miles in 1957. by 1963 Tony Williams took over the Miles drum chair in 1963 and Jimmy left Miles to continue to work with Miles’ rhythm section, Winton Kelly and Paul Chambers behind Wes Montgomery. In addition to several Winton Kelly Trio Albums, the three did albums with Kenny Burrell, and J.J. Johnson, among others, before disbanding in the late 60’s.

Jimmy then worked with Sarah Vaughn for 9 years. Afterward, Jimmy continued to freelance with several great groups throughout the 70’s 80’s and 90’s including, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderly, Ricky Ford, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, The Great Jazz Trio with Nancy Wilson, Dave Holland, Warren Bernhardt, and many, many others worldwide.

In the early 90’s a Television Special produced by Eleana Tee featured Jimmy playing and hanging with Freddie Hubbard, Gregory Hines, Bill Cosby, Dave Leibman, Pee Wee Ellis, and others. Jimmy has played around the world from Newport to Monte Carlo, from LA to Japan. He has performed for both Presidents Ford, and Carter, the Shah of Iran and many other dignitaries in his storied career, and is quoted extensively in "Kind of Blue", the Documentary of those legendary recording sessions as well as Writing the forward for the Book --Kind of Blue-- the making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece in 2000.

In 2002 Jimmy completed a "Four Generations of Miles" album with guitarist, Mike Stern, Ron Carter (bass), and George Coleman (tenor) for Chesky records. Other releases include his long awaited solo album, "Yesterdays", produced by Eleana Tee for Rteesan Productions. It features Michael Brecker on tenor, Marion Meadows on soprano, Roy Hargrove, trumpet and flugelhorn, Jon Faddis, trumpet, Eric Lewis, electric piano, Peter Bernstein, guitar, and John Weber on bass. This album was done in Jimmy’s two adopted home towns; recorded and shot in New York, and mixed and edited in Woodstock, NY. It includes a wide variety of arrangements ranging from a unique interpretation of Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" to ballads "Yesterdays" and blues (All Blues, Faddis, Monk) and standards, "Without a Song" and "Love Walked Right In". This major musical statement will include several music videos and a complete television documentary.

Later, Jimmy’s Albums New York Time, Cobb’s Corner and West of 5th, Produced by Eleana SteinbergTee and David Chesky were released. Jimmy’s Album New York Time played by Jimmy, Christian McBride, bass, Javon Jackson, tenor sax, and Cedar Walton, on piano incorporates songs for all moods. West of 5th features Jimmy, accompanied by Hank Jones on piano and Christian McBride on Bass, in this compilation of songs is a ballad written by Mr. Cobb in tribute to his late younger sister Eleanor. And In 2007 Cobb--s Corner was released, played by Jimmy, Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Mathews, and Peter Washington AKA The Jimmy Cobb Quartet.

In June 2008, Jimmy was the recipient of the Don Redman Heritage award. Just 4 months later, on October 17 2008, Jimmy was one of 6 to be presented with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award.

2009 was a crucial year for Jazz and the music industry as a whole. It was a time to reflect, remember, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the best selling Jazz album of all time: “Kind of Blue”. To commemorate the momentous occasion, Jimmy Cobb and his So What Band embarked on the Kind of Blue @ 50 — Jimmy Cobb and the So What Band World Tour.

On December 15 2009, The House of Representatives, honored The 50th Anniversary of ‘‘Kind of Blue’’. Recognizing the unique contribution the album and musicians made to American jazz.
H. Res. 894 http://jimmycobb.net/HRBILL.html

Jimmy remains active, not only in New York City, where he leads Jimmy Cobb's Mob and The Jimmy Cobb’s Reminiscence Band but on the international circuit as well with his Jimmy Cobb “So What” Band Celebrating 50 years of Kind of Blue and the Music of Miles Davis.

TEACHING: Jimmy is constantly being approached to teach what he knows and loves to aspiring jazz musicians all over the world. Jimmy travels every year for the last 9 years to Stanford University to teach Master Classes for the University’s Jazz Workshop

Lyrics

Spotlight

Written By: Eleana Steinberg Tee

See the man in the Spot light,
Talking to me with a melody
See the man with the upright
Putting it down just to turn me around
See the man with the Baby Grand
Asking me to stay with a gentle hand
See the man with the high hat
He's telling me exactly where the time is at
See the man with a laid back rhythm line
Soon he'll be trying to strum my mind
Seen the man with the golden horn
I remember that distance Love song
who are these people and when did they start
to tie up my ear drums
and tie down my heart?
who are these madmen
when did they begin
to hook up my madness
and reel me in.

Little Girl

Written By: Eleana Steinberg Tee

And you’re still what you used to be
Laughing and cuddly
Shy as a child of three
Your loveliness is called a little girl to me.
You make a cloudy day bright
You’re a heavenly delight
You’re still making me laugh and cry
I’ll sing a lullaby
Easing my dreams
In a wonderland where nothing’s as it seems to be
Your songs’ the beginning for me
Come and dance with me
Lovely melody
Three part harmony
Dancing dancing
Little girl
You can make a moment bright
You’re still making me laugh and cry
I’ll sing a lullaby easing my dreams
In a wonderland where nothing’s as it seems to be
Your songs’ the beginning for me

And you’re still what you used to be
Laughing and cuddly
Shy as a child a three
Your loveliness is called a little girl to me
You make a cloudy day bright
You’re a heavenly delight
You’re still making me laugh and cry
I’ll sing a lullaby
Easing’ my dreams
In a wonderland where nothing’s as it seems to be
Your songs’ the beginning for me
Come and dance with me
Lovely melody
Three part harmony
Dancing dancing
Little girl
You can make a moment bright
You’re still making me laugh and cry
I’ll sing a lullaby
Easing my dreams
In a wonderland where nothing’s as it seems to be
Your song’s the beginning for me.

Remembering the Rain

Written By: Eleana Steinberg Tee

Where is the gentle rain
Rain that’s falling like the snow
Where oh where oh is the gentle rain
The rain that makes the flowers grow
Where is the morning mist
Mist that makes the willows glow
Rain that wakes the dawn
In my heart I know
Why I am left
Remembering the rain
Where is the gentle rain
Rain that makes my senses know
Winter winds can change the rain to snow
Soft rain
That just whispered hello
It was a rainy day
I thought you’d always stay
Now you’re gone
And how dear,
Was I to know
That I’d be left remembering the Rain

Discography

Jimmy Cobb's complete Discography ranges from 1952 to the present and can be found at his website on the Discography page:
http://www.jimmycobb.net/discography.html

Examples:

Jazz In The Key Of Blue CD (2009) With
The Jimmy Cobb Quartet

Roy Hargrove (trumpet & flugelhorn)
Russel Malone (guitar)
John Webber (piano)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)

"NewYorkTime" on Chesky Records (2006) with-
Jimmy Cobb
Christian McBride
Javon Jackson
Cedar Walton

"West of Fifth"on Chesky Records (2006) with
Jimmy Cobb
Hank Jones
Christian McBride

Set List

Depending on what band Jimmy is currently touring with, sets vary, have originals and covers, and shows can last up to 2 hours(1 hour per set).