Cobb, Jimmy [Wilbur James] (jazz)
- J. Kent Williams
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
(b Washington, DC, Jan 20, 1929; d New York, May 24, 2020). American drummer. He was largely self-taught, though he studied briefly with Jack Dennett, a percussionist in the National Symphony Orchestra. After playing locally with Charlie Rouse, Leo Parker, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Billie Holiday, and Pearl Bailey he left the city in 1950 to join Earl Bostic on the recommendation of Keter Betts, who was then Bostic’s double bass player; while with Bostic he toured for about a year and made his first recordings. Betts and Cobb then formed a trio with Wynton Kelly which accompanied Dinah Washington for three and a half years. Cobb was a member of the Adderley brothers’ quintet from 1956 until it disbanded in September 1957; he also recorded with Tito Puente in the latter year. He then played briefly with Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie, and in May 1958 he followed Cannonball Adderley into Miles Davis’s group, replacing Philly Joe Jones; he may be seen with the trumpeter in the television show “Theater for a Story” (...