Jimmy Cobb on replacing Philly Joe Jones

Now, A Jazz Moment...

MUSIC: "Summertime" (Miles Davis w/ Jimmy Cobb), CD: Porgy and Bess Columbia/Legacy CK65141 (cut 5)

In 1958, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb lucked into a recording date that has gone down in the annals of jazz history. It was with a band he'd followed religiously -- led by trumpeter Miles Davis, with saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and Drummer Philly Joe Jones, among others.

Jimmy Cobb: When Cannonball got in the band, by that time Joe wasn't showin up for a lot of gigs, you know, so Cannonball and me -- we got to be friends a long time before that - had asked me to come and sit in with the band -- in case Joe didn't show up, I could play. He had told Miles about me. You know, and, one day that happened, I went to a record date and Joe didn't show up, and you know the time was burning, they say, "Okay, you got it." So I finished out the date. The date was Porgy and Bess.

MUSIC: up and fades

... "Summertime" from "Porgy And Bess" -- the first of many Miles Davis recordings to feature drummer Jimmy Cobb. This Jazz Moment was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jimmy Cobb on replacing
Philly Joe Jones