Jazz at Lincoln Center
With pianist Emmet Cohen, drummer Jimmy Cobb, saxophonist Godwin Louis, and bassist Russell Hall Every jazz fan has his or her favorite record with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb on drums, from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue to John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. We’ve been honored to host several of Cobb’s recent birthday parties at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and tonight he joins us again in celebration of his 88th! Leading the trio is pianist Emmet Cohen, one of New York’s rising jazz stars. Cohen recently recorded the first record of what will become a Masters Legacy album series, and Cobb was the featured “master” on this inaugural record. Tonight’s performance will be the official record release show, adding to the excitement of Cobb’s birthday celebration. The repertoire includes classics that Cobb recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Wynton Kelly, Cannonball Adderley, and David Fathead Newman, as well as originals by Cohen. As Christian McBride says in the album’s liner notes, “Jimmy Cobb embodies the sustained, indomitable power of the swing groove,” and this performance will demonstrate why Cobb remains such an in-demand and widely imitated artist.