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Wilbur James Cobb (January 20, 1929 – May 24, 2020) was an American jazz drummer. He was part of Miles Davis's First Great Sextet. At the time of his death, he had been the band's last surviving member for nearly thirty years.

Known from an early age as an accomplished accompanist, Jimmy has worked extensively with a wide range of artists, including: Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, and others.

His most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record. Cobb was the last surviving player from that historic session. He also played on other famous Davis albums, including Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, Live at Carnegie Hall, Live at the Blackhawk, and Porgy and Bess.


As leader

  • So Nobody Else Can Hear (Contempo Vibrato, 1983)
  • Encounter (Philology, 1994)
  • Only for the Pure of Heart (Fable/Lightyear, 1998)
  • Four Generations of Miles: A Live Tribute to Miles (Chesky, 2002)
  • Cobb's Groove (Milestone, 2003)
  • Yesterdays (RteesanCobb Music, 2003)
  • Tribute to Wynton Kelly & Paul Chambers (Sound Hills, 2004)
  • Cobb Is Back in Italy! (Azzurra, 2005)
  • Marsalis Music Honors Series: Jimmy Cobb (Marsalis/Rounder, 2006))
  • Taking a Chance on Love (Azzurra, 2006)
  • New York Time (Chesky, 2006)
  • Cobb's Corner (Chesky, 2007)
  • Jazz in the Key of Blue (Chesky, 2009)
  • Live at Smalls (Smallslive, 2010)
  • Remembering Miles `Tribute to Miles Davis` (Sony Music, 2011)
  • The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
  • You'll See (SteepleChase, 2016)

As sideman

With Pepper Adams-Donald Byrd Quintet

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Lorez Alexandria

With Geri Allen

With Dorothy Ashby

With Kenny Barron and John Hicks

With Walter Benton

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Nick Brignola

With Paul Chambers

  • Go (Vee-Jay, 1959)

With Al Cohn

With John Coltrane

With Miles Davis

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Ricky Ford

With Curtis Fuller

With Benny Golson

With Paul Gonsalves

With Bunky Green

With Bill Hardman

With Joe Henderson

With John Hendricks

With John Hicks and Elise Wood

With Wynton Kelly

With Hubert Laws

With Johnny Lytle

With Harold Mabern

With Pat Martino

With Ronnie Mathews

With Billy Mitchell

With Wes Montgomery

With Frank Morgan

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Art Pepper

With Jimmy Raney

With Sonny Red

With Shirley Scott

With Wayne Shorter

With Don Sleet

  • All Members (Jazzland, 1961)

With Sonny Stitt

With Teri Thornton

With Bobby Timmons

With Norris Turney

With Phil Upchurch

With Sarah Vaughan

With Cedar Walton

With Dinah Washington

With C. I. Williams

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