Support for Jimmy Cobb

If you have the means, please send some support to Jimmy Cobb. His daughter has started a GoFundMe campaign to help him with expenses so he has time to rest and get the care he needs.

Here is the message from Serena Cobb:

“My name is Serena Cobb. I am raising funds for my father, legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb in his time of need.

My father started playing professionally at 18 years old. He recorded the highest selling jazz record in history “Kind of Blue” at age 30, and as we’ve just celebrated his 91st birthday this January, he has recently released two records and is still doing everything he can to give himself to the music. He’s dedicated the last 70 years of his life to the art of jazz, and although there’s nothing he’d rather do than continue to support himself and his family while doing what he loves, it has become far too difficult of a task. He’s no longer able to perform at the rate he used to, and at his age, one would expect that. But until recently, that hasn’t been the case at all.

Mentally and spiritually my father is as youthful and energetic as ever, but 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. Although he has been pushing himself to work in order to get some medical attention while still maintaining daily life…it just isn’t enough. We’ve often been left in a position to have to choose between medical attention and his basic necessities. As the days pass, he continues to become more and more in need of assistance.

Doctors have recommended limited performance over the next year so that he can get the proper rest. During this time, we will need to cover both his personal and medical expenses. 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. These major pieces are in addition to all of his medications, supplements, bills and daily expenses, meals, cleaning etc.

 As a humble and very private man who has always been the strength in both his family and his community, he wouldn’t dare complain or ask for help, however; in order to care for him properly, our family is in dire need. He has been doing his best to fight through but I’m sad to say that the work he loves so much has become more than he can handle at the moment.

I come to you all, as his community, friends, fans, colleagues, family members, jazz lovers, music lovers, and fellow humans and ask that you help me help my father. By showing him some of the love that he’s shown the world, through both his spirit and his music, this could shine a whole new light on his life. As much as it saddens me to have to ask for help, I know my father truly needs it, and it would be unfair of me NOT to reach out and give him a fighting chance at getting better. 

We ask that if you are able and find it in your hearts, to please donate whatever you can. No amount is too small. From the bottom of our heart’s, we thank you.”

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jimmy-cobb

Max Roach Drum Clinic and Masterclass

I recorded this drum clinic on February 21, 1991 when Max Roach was at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. It was recorded on a cheap cassette tape recorder. Please forgive the imperfections.

Thanks to my friend Mike who cleaned up the file after I digitized it. He saved this recording from being almost unlistenable and I’m very grateful.

I hope some of you enjoy this recording. There are some great stories and bits of wisdom from Max Roach.

Below is a transcript. Please contact me if you can fill in any of the missing names/words or if you find errors.

Continue reading “Max Roach Drum Clinic and Masterclass”

Frankie Malabe Drum Clinic Handout

Book cover for Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset by Frank Malabe

I went to a drum clinic by Frankie Malabe years before the popular book Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset came out. I’m pretty sure it was sometime between 1989 and 1991 at a shop called Preferable Percussions in Minneapolis.

I have an audio copy of the clinic that I’m working on converting. In the meantime, here’s a copy of the handout:

Single sheet of drumset music with various afro-cuban beats written out

Rhythms Covered on the Handout

  • Guaguancó
  • Mozambíque
  • Songo
  • Bembé
  • Merénge
  • Jaléo
  • Apanpicháo

I highly recommend getting the book if you don’t have it.

Book cover for Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset by Frank Malabe

Jimmy Cobb Interview

A couple of months ago in New York at Smoke I got to see Jimmy Cobb play a set with Harold Mabern, John Webber and Eric Alexander.

He sounded great and after the show I got meet him, which was a huge thrill.

This morning I saw that Jon McCaslin shared a new interview with Jimmy Cobb over on his fantastic Four On The Floor blog and I want to help spread the word. Enjoy!

Like the Jack DeJohnette interview, this one comes from Dom Famularo’s Artist Series interviews that you can check out on The Sessions website.

Jack DeJohnette Interview

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jack DeJohnette lately and stumbled across this recent interview with him.

There are some great stories here, including the time that Jack covered for Elvin Jones on a John Coltrane gig when Elvin didn’t make it back for the second set.

He also talks applying the rudiments in a liquid way, playing with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean, and hanging out with Roy Haynes.

This video is part of Dom Famularo’s Artist Series interviews that you can check out on The Sessions website.


Ron Carter Interview

Here’s another favorite of mine from the site that is full of wisdom.