Jimmy Wilbur Cobb (born 20 January 1929) is an American jazz drummer.
A mostly self-taught musician, Cobb is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands.
His work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Co. spanned 1957 to 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 other Miles Davis recordings.
Cobb made his first recording with Earl Bostic and played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley, before joining Miles in 1957.
In 1963, he left Miles to continue to work with Miles’s rhythm section, Winton Kelly and Paul Chambers, behind Wes Montgomery. In addition to several Winton Kelly Trio albums, the three made albums with Kenny Burrell and J. J. Johnson, among others, before disbanding in the late 1960s.
Cobb then worked with Sarah Vaughn for nine years. Afterwards, throughout the 1970s 1980s and 1990s, he continued to freelance with several groups including Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Ron Carter, George Coleman, The Great Jazz Trio with Nancy Wilson, and many others worldwide.
Cobb released a number of albums in the 2000s. In 2002, he completed Four Generations of Miles with guitarist Mike Stern, Ron Carter on bass and George Coleman on drums. Other releases include his long-awaited solo album Yesterdays, and New York Time, Cobb’s Corner and West of 5th.
In 2008, Jimmy received the Don Redman Heritage award and was one of six artists to be presented with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award.
In recent years, he has been leading his Jimmy Cobb ‘So What’ Band – a tribute to 50 years of Kind of Blue and the music of Miles Davis. Here they are playing ‘All Blues’ in 2009.