ABOUT EVAN COBB…
Multi-instrumentalist Evan Cobb is a leading force in Nashville’s vibrant musical scene. Known foremost for his tenor saxophone playing, Cobb is in demand as a jazz player, session player, and horn section member. He has performed with a wide array of artists including Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Cage the Elephant, Irma Thomas, Lee Fields, Andra Day, Patti Austin, Mike Farris, JD Souther, Anderson East, the Dynamites, and the Nashville Symphony.
As a Nashville session player, Evan Cobb can be heard on dozens of recordings, ranging from funk to country to Bollywood and everything in between. Adept at all the horns in the saxophone family, Cobb also has a great feel on the flute, oboe, and clarinet. As a composer and arranger, he brings a depth of language and true understanding of the creative process to every project.
He released his first album as a leader in 2011, Falling Up, featuring eight original compositions. Falling Up charted on JazzWeek’s top 50 for five weeks and had three tracks used in the 2015 feature film Madtown, and continues to get exclusive play on Sirius/XM Radio five years later. Cobb’s followup album Hot Chicken is set to release on September 9, 2016 on Ear Up Records.
As an educator, Evan Cobb has a desire to share his message and craft with the next generation of musicians and shines as the Director of the Nashville Jazz Workshop Summer Camp. He also brings a promising musical future to those in Middle Tennessee who may not have the means financially through the Nashville Jazz Workshop Scholarship Lessons Program, where enthusiasm and talent can be fostered for the benefit of the larger community as well as the students it includes.
At home Cobb is a proud father, husband, and dog owner. He’s a member of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Nashville Composer Collective, the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, and a faculty member at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Photos by Michael Weintrob
Evan Cobb – tenor sax, alto sax (6), flute (4, 7)
Matt White – trumpet, flugelhorn (2)
Joe Davidian – piano
Jonathan Wires – bass
Joshua Hunt – drums
Roland Barber – trombone (3, 9, 10)
James DaSilva – guitar (3, 9)
Jay Karp – alto saxophone (10)
Gabriel Collins – tenor saxophone (10)
Produced by Evan Cobb & Roger Spencer
Recorded May 12/13, 2016
Engineered and mixed by Brendan Harkin at Wildwood Studios, Franklin, TN
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Studios, Nashville, TN
Graphic Design by Ryan Scammell
Photography by Graham Gerdeman & Michael Weintrob
PEOPLE ARE TALKING
“As a saxophonist, Cobb goes back to (Dexter) Gordon and (John) Coltrane, forward into the present but never abandoning the basic principles of melodic, swinging improvisation. His quintet always sounds larger than its numbers: Cobb has a bright future as a player, arranger, and composer.” – Cadence Magazine
“Cobb’s fluency on the horn neatly disguises the complexities of his improvisations – complexities that gird but remain subservient to his overriding concern with propulsive melody.” – Neil Tesser, The Examiner