Today we remember Arnett Cobb, one of the most prominent Texas tenor sax players of all time, known for his distinctive sound and impressive technical ability. Born on August 10, 1918 in Houston, Texas, Cobb began playing the saxophone at a young age and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talented musicians in the area.
Cobb’s career spanned several decades, and he played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday. His powerful and soulful saxophone playing earned him a devoted following, and he was a beloved figure in the jazz community.
Despite facing racism and discrimination throughout his career, Cobb remained dedicated to his craft and continued to push the boundaries of what was possible on the saxophone. His unique style and virtuosic playing influenced countless musicians, and his legacy lives on today.
Sadly, Arnett Cobb passed away on March 24, 1989, leaving behind a rich musical legacy that continues to inspire and captivate listeners to this day. His contributions to the world of jazz, particularly the Texas tenor sax tradition, will never be forgotten.
Damn – here’s Misty with Wild Bill Davis, Bernard Upsom and Frankie Dunlop: