Drummer Jimmy Cobb had a stellar year. While the music world was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’s landmark recording “Kind of Blue” featuring the late Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderely, and Cobb on drums; He turned 80 years old and headed the “So What” band. The tour was both a critical and success hit around the world.
Jimmy was honored by the U.S. House of Representatives by passing House Resolution 894 Honoring the 50th Anniversary of “Kind of Blue.” Representative John Conyers of Michigan introduced the motion adding: “jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.”
Jimmy recorded on other landmark jazz recordings under the arranger/conductor Gil Evans. Some of those recordings included “Porgy and Bess” and “Sketches of Spain.”
He was also featured on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” recording on the ballad “Naima.” This relationship evolved from his days while recording and touring with Miles Davis.
Cobb left Miles’s group in the early 1960’s, he played nine years with late Sarah Vaughn. His love for singers also stems from playing with Dinah Washington.
After 60 years of playing music professionally, the National Endowment of Arts inducted Jimmy Cobb as an inductee along with guitarist George Benson, saxophonist Lee Konitz, and record icon Rudy Van Gelder just to name a few.
One of the most important musical associations that Jimmy took part in was the legendary Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly.
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