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Famed jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies aged 91

American Jazz musician Jimmy Cobb plays drums
American Jazz musician Jimmy Cobb has died aged 91 (Picture: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

Famed jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb has died aged 91 after a battle with lung cancer.

The musician, who was famously part of the band on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album, passed away in his New York home on Sunday, according to reports.

According to NPR, his wife Eleana Tee Cobb confirmed that he had died due to lung cancer.

Cobb was the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ ‘First Great Sextet’ and performed on albums like In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk and Sketches of Spain.

The musician and his band Miles Davis bandmates, bassist Paul Chambers and pianist Wynton Kelly, payed together until 1969.

While Cobb also worked with singers like Dinah Washington. Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb performing on stage
Jimmy performed with many iconic artists during his career (Picture: Gai Terrell/Redferns) Photographer: Gai Terrell Provider: Redferns Source: Redferns

Earlier this year, Cobb’s daughter, Serena, created a GoFundMe for her father when they decided to care for him with an out-of-pocket holistic approach for his medical needs.

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She wrote: ‘For the past 2 years he’s been dealing with some medical issues that have been causing severe challenges for him physically.

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performs onstage with his bass player Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb
Jazz icon Miles Davis performs onstage with drummer Jimmy Cobb in New York City (Picture: Herb Snitzer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

‘Unfortunately he has been unable to receive proper treatment due to financial struggles,” Serena wrote in the fundraiser, which raised nearly $100,000.’

She added: ‘We’ve chosen a holistic approach which requires 100% out of pocket coverage for both treatment and visits, as it isn’t covered by insurance.

‘He is also currently in need of a full time care giver.’

Following the news, musician Ted Gioia 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.’

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Source: Metro News UK

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