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COBB, Jimmy

(b Wilbur James Cobb, 20 Jan. '29, Washington DC) Drummer. Gigged locally with Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, others; toured with Earl Bostic '51; with Dinah Washington; gigged NYC; joined Cannonball Adderley '57, Miles Davis '58-63; then with Paul Chambers in Wynton Kelly Trio, touring Japan with J.J. Johnson '64, became quartet with Wes Montgomery '65-6; trio again until Chambers died. Cobb joined Sara Vaughan '71 and through '70s. Played on film soundtrack Seven Days In May with David Amram '64; PBS TV film with Vaughan at Wolf Trap Jazz Festival '70s. With Joe Albany trio NYC April '80; Wolf Trap again same year. LPs with Davis, Chambers, Kelly, Vaughan. A drummer in the classic, urgent style of Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey, he made his mark on modern jazz without recording as a leader.