Tuesday 19 September 2017

Miles's drummer Cobb brings an all-star quartet to the Sugar Club

Grainne Farren

JAZZHe was the drummer with Miles Davis on Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain and Friday Night at the Blackhawk. He was married to Dinah Washington. He backed Wes Montgomery on Full House and played for nine years with Sarah Vaughan. If this sounds like a man who must have hung up his drumsticks years ago, think again. Jimmy Cobb, aged 84, is far from retirement. He is coming to the Sugar Club on Tuesday week, July 30, leading a quartet with Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax), Grant Green Junior (guitar) and Ike Stubblefield (Hammond organ).

Florida-born Pee Wee Ellis was in James Brown's band in the 1960s. He went on to work with George Benson and, later, with Van Morrison as arranger and musical director. As a son of the late Grant Green, Green Jr had a hard act to follow. Like his illustrious father, he has played guitar with a number of organists, in his case Jimmy McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes and Dr Lonnie Smith. He should combine well with Ike Stubblefield, whose Hammond B3 has backed BB King, Stevie Wonder and many more.

This is the final day of the Sligo Jazz Festival. The SJP Big Bash gives the Summer School students a chance to play in public in the Source Sligo at 1 pm. Tonight, in the Glasshouse Hotel, Tropicana Musica will play Congolese music, followed by a jam session and wrap party.

Tony Miceli (vibes), who played in Sligo yesterday, brings his Modern Jazz Quartet tribute to JJ Smyth's tonight, with Phil Ware (piano), Dave Redmond (bass) and John Daly (drums).

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