Junie C. Cobb

Junius C. "Junie" Cobb (1896 – 1970) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and bandleader.

Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cobb was competent on tenor saxophone, clarinet, banjo, piano, violin, and drums. He played with Johnny Dunn as a teenager, and after moving to Chicago he led his own ensemble in 1920-21 at the Club Alvadere. In the 1920s he played with King Oliver (1924–27) on banjo and with Jimmie Noone (1928–29). Following this Cobb put together another band of his own, and recorded with this ensemble for Vocalion and Victor. He played in Paris briefly in the early 1930s, then returned to lead groups in Chicago.

In 1946, he accompanied Annabelle Calhoun as a pianist, and played a number of extended engagements as a solo pianist. He went into semi-retirement in 1955, but played with Red Saunders in 1961 and Jasper Taylor in 1962.

In addition to his performing and bandleading activities, Cobb also composed; among his tunes is "Once or Twice", written in 1929. His brother, Jimmy, was a trumpeter who played on a number of Junie's recordings.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896 (Hot Springs), Died 1970

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo, guitar, leader, composer, tenor saxophone, clarinet, vocalist, alto saxophone, saxophone, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48711 10-in. 12/10/1928 Transatlantic stomp E. C. Cobb and his Corn-Eaters Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet, composer  
Victor BVE-48712 10-in. 12/10/1928 Barrell house stomp E. C. Cobb and his Corn-Eaters Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-48755 10-in. 12/14/1928 Rolling mill stomp State Street Stompers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone, vocalist  
Victor BVE-48756 10-in. 12/14/1928 Panama blues State Street Stompers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Brunswick C2252 10-in. 8/21/1928 Endurance stomp Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C2253 10-in. 8/21/1928 Yearning and blue Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C2712 10-in. 12/27/1928 She’s funny that way Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick C2920 10-in. 2/7/1929 Shake that jelly roll Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band composer, leader  
Brunswick C2921 10-in. 2/7/1929 Don’t cry, honey Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter, leader  
Brunswick C2940 10-in. 2/9/1929 Smoke shop drag Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C2941 10-in. 2/9/1929 Boot that thing Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick C3772 10-in. 7/3/1929 She’s alright with me Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3773 10-in. 7/3/1929 Once or twice Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3781 10-in. 7/5/1929 South African blues Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Brunswick C3868 10-in. 7/13/1929 She’s alright with me Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3869 10-in. 7/13/1929 She’s alright with me Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3870 10-in. 7/13/1929 She’s alright with me Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3871 10-in. 7/13/1929 Once or twice Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3872 10-in. 7/13/1929 South African stomp Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3873 10-in. 7/13/1929 Ain’t it a crying shame Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with vocal leader, composer  
Brunswick C3937 10-in. 7/24/1929 Piggly wiggly Beale Street Washboard Band Jazz/dance ensemble composer  
Brunswick C4480 10-in. 5/1/1930 Once or twice Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C4691 10-in. 10/24/1929 Once or twice Junie C. Cobb ; Grains of Corn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist, composer  
Decca 90289 10-in. September 1935 Everywhere you go Junie C. Cobb instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 90290 10-in. September 1935 Joe Louis chant Junie C. Cobb instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cobb, Junie C.," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107254.

Cobb, Junie C.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107254.

"Cobb, Junie C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107254

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