|Tags:||jazz saxophone swing bebop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Individual Artists:||Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis|
10 August 1918, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 24 March 1989, Houston, Texas, USA. Cobb began playing the tenor saxophone professionally in 1933. He spent several of his early years in the fine territory band led by Milt Larkin, a unit which numerous musicians of the older generation still hold in awe. Approached in 1941 by Lionel Hampton, who was then in the process of forming a new band after deciding to leave Benny Goodman, Cobb chose to stay with Larkin and Hampton took on Larkins alto-saxophonist, Illinois Jacquet instead, persuading him to switch to tenor and try to imitate Cobb. In 1942 Hampton proffered a second invitation and this time Cobb joined him. In 1947 he briefly fronted his own band, through to the early 50s, interrupted briefly by an illness.
In 1956, Cobb was seriously injured in a road accident while driving his bands bus and spent the rest of his life on crutches and in considerable pain. None of this stopped him...