“Here was a drummer who can make his instrument sing, the lyricism of his work sustaining listener interest…Cobb has emerged as a distinctly charismatic player.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Since moving to Chicago, in 2013, Alvin Cobb, Jr. has continued to advance his resume. In addition to occasionally leading his own ensembles, he has worked with countless artists, including Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Patricia Barber, Sarah Marie Young, and Dee Alexander. He has dazzled audiences at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and has performed on many other notable stages across the country. He also had the opportunity to work on Nico Segal & The Social Experiment’s critically acclaimed 2015 album, SURF, featuring Grammy-Award winning artist Chance the Rapper.
He is the leader of the Alvin Cobb, Jr. Trio with bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and pianist Julius Tucker. The group formed during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to independently produce livestream concerts that would help raise funds for grassroot charity organizations based in Chicago. The trio was featured at the DuSable Museum, as part of the 2021 Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Chicago’s South Side.