Jimmy Cobb dead: Drummer who played on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album dies aged 91 | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Jimmy Cobb, who most famously worked with Miles Davis, has died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer aged 91. His wife Eleana Tee Cobb told NPR that Wilbur James “Jimmy” Cobb died in his home in Manhattan on Sunday.
Jimmy, the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ First Great Sextet, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929.
The musician’s daughter Serena created a GoFundMe page for him earlier this year.
The family had decided to care for Jimmy with a holistic approach for his medical needs.
Serena addressed her father’s health issues as she wrote on the page: “For the past 2 years he’s been dealing with some medical issues that have been causing severe challenges for him physically.
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“And when I learned enough to do it, I figured that would be what I would do for the rest of my life.”
Jimmy was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
According to the PAS, Cobb freelanced with a range of artists throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.
Some of those artists included Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, David “Fathead” Newman, the Great Jazz Trio, Nancy Wilson, Dave Holland, and Warren Bernhardt.
Jimmy’s fellow PAS Hall of Fame member Jack DeJohnette said: “The first time I heard Jimmy was on Kind of Blue… and what got my attention was his touch and keen sense of dynamics.
“You can always count on Jimmy to provide the right support for whatever the music or musicians call for. That’s why Jimmy was and is always called upon by the greats in jazz and will always be respected by the community.
“Also, he is a really good human being, and I am happy to know him.”
Musician Ted Gioia was among many who paid tribute to Jimmy following the sad news of his death.
He tweeted: “This is a devastating loss—the death of a beloved musician, but also the end of an era, as we lose the last surviving member of a historic ensemble.”