Jimmy Cobb on his first gig with Miles Davis

Now, A Jazz Moment...

MUSIC: "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Miles Davis), CD: Someday My Prince Will Come, Columbia/Legacy CK 65919 (cut 1)

In 1957, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb joined one of the great jazz ensembles in history - the Miles Davis Sextet. Cobb recalls his first gig.

Jimmy Cobb: The first official gig, Miles called me about 6:30 in the evening in New York, and says, "I want you in the band." So we went through the particulars and all of that, I said, "Okay, well where are you working next?" He says, "Actually, I'm working tonight." I said, "Really? Where?" And he says, "Boston." He must have been in Boston then. So I asked him, "What time you start?" So he said, "I start at 9:00." I said, "What? How am I going to get to Boston by 9:00, man?" He said, "You want the gig, don't you?" I said, "Yes, okay, man." I went to scrambling, and I got the drums together. I went to LaGuardia Airport where they had a shuttle going from New York to Boston in 55 minutes. I got that and went to Boston. By the time I got out, and went and got a cab, and got to George Wein's club, they were playing on the bandstand without the drums. They were playing Round About Midnight . So I crept up and put the drums up, and by the time I got them up where I could play them, they were right at the interval in the song Round About Midnight that says (bop) (bop) (bonnnnnng)(bop) (bop) (be-doop) (bop) (bonnnnng) (bop). And I played that with them. And I was in the band!

MUSIC: "Round About Midnight" (time bridge with Jimmy above), CD: Round About Midnight Columbia CK 40610 (cut 1)

This Jazz Moment with drummer Jimmy Cobb was created by the National Endowment for the Arts. I'm Delfeayo Marsalis.

Jimmy Cobb on his first gig with Miles Davis