Known from an early age as a great accompanist, Jimmy also played extensively with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly, before joining Miles in 1957. Tony Williams took over the Miles drum chair in 1963 when 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.
Mr. Cobb then worked with Sarah Vaughn for 9 years. Jimmy then 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, Dave Holland, Warren Bernhardt and many others.
Currently, Jimmy is not slowing down even a little. He still tours with his own band, "Cobb’s Mob" and works with many incredible artists both old and new. Jimmy has just completed a "Four Generations of Miles" album with guitarist, Mike Stern, Ron Carter (bass), and George Coleman (tenor) for Chesky records.
Jimmy is about to release his newest and long awaited solo album, "Yesterdays". 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, Jerry Mall, percussion and John Weber on bass. 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. And as usual with Jimmy Cobb, you won’t believe what’s up next!
"We are all extremely excited to welcome Jimmy Cobb to the Vater Artist family!" says Chad Brandolini, Vater’s Artist Relations Director. "Jimmy is truly a living legend and has been a huge inspiration to musicians around the world for decades. The man played on "Kind of Blue"...enough said!"
Jimmy Cobb and Vater are now in the design process for his soon to be released Vater "Player’s Design" model.