Jimmy Cobb: Live at the Village Vanguard

Aug 21, 2013

Jimmy Cobb
Credit John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com

The drummer Jimmy Cobb is 84 — which, even if you didn't know his name, would signal that he's been around the jazz scene for a while. But he's been more than around: He was the drummer when Miles Davis recorded his late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces, and then toured with Sarah Vaughan for nearly a decade. He's freelanced with just about every great of his generation. He's still touring around the world, these days often fronting the bands and recordings.

Cobb brings an international trio to New York's Village Vanguard for a week — and, for one night, welcomes trusted tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live video webcast and radio broadcast of that quartet.

Set List

  • "My Shining Hour" (Arlen/Mercer)
  • "John Paul Jones [aka 'Trane's Blues']" (J. Coltrane)
  • "If I Were A Bell" (F. Loesser)
  • "You Don't Know What Love Is" (de Paul/Raye)
  • "Bolivia" (C. Walton)
  • "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Churchill/Morey)

Personnel
Jimmy Cobb, drums
Javon Jackson, saxophone
Tadataka Unno, piano
Paolo Benedettini, bass

Josh Jackson, Host and Producer
David Tallacksen, Music Mix
Jeremy Stirone, Assistant