The American jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb Died has died at the age of 91 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
The cause was lung cancer, says his wife, Eleana Tee Cobb. He was the final surviving member of what is often referred to as Miles Davis’ First Great Sextet.
He held that title for almost three many years, serving as a conduit for a lot of generations of jazz fans into the band that recorded the music’s most iconic and enduring album, Kind of Blue.
Cobb was awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship in 2009. He was born in Washington DC in 1929, began his career on tour with saxophonist Earl Bostic, before joining the vocalist Dinah Washington, pianist Wynton Kelly, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.
Drummer Jimmy Cobb Died At Age 91
During a career spanning over 70 years, he also worked with the likes of Billie Holliday, Dinah Washington, and Pearl Bailey.
Paying tribute, his wife Eleana told the New York Daily News: “He was a very special and unusual person, a gifted musician with natural talent, like an athlete. And a gifted human being with a great, happy personality.”
“He played all around the world. He was vibrant up until the end. “It’s a big deal that he’s gone. It’s very painful. I’m a little bit in shock.” Cobb’s last solo album came in 2019’s ‘This I Dig of You’. He is survived by his wife and his two daughters