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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.

He grew up listening to jazz albums and disc jockey Symphony Sid in New York City.

Jimmy was the drummer in Miles Davis’ legendary Kind of Blue album.


He played alongside saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane; pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly; bassist Paul Chambers; and trumpeter Davis.

Jimmy has also played drums for many other stars including Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan.

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.

“Unfortunately he has been unable to receive proper treatment due to financial struggles.”

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.”

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