Mentored by late Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, Chicago based drummer/ bandleader Jimmy Bennington celebrates over 30 years in the music.
Jimmy Bennington (born May 22, 1970; Columbus, Ohio) is a self-taught artist who began
professionally in Texas, 1990. Mentored by late John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones during the
decade of his life, Bennington was eventually hired as Jones' band manager/drum tech,
world as part of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine (2000-2002). Since then, Bennington lived on
Coast for several years (1997-2006), and has made Chicago his home base (2006-Present).
performed and recorded with artists such as Julian Priester, Perry Robinson, John Stowell, Ed
Bert Wilson, Ken Filiano, Steve Cohn, John Blum, John Gross, Daniel Carter, and French
Duboc. In 2007, Bennington joined the labels Cadence Jazz Records, CIMP, CIMPoL, and
recently Slam as
a recording artist. Bennington's own label, ThatSwan! Records, produced the collectors
and Silhouettes featuring Julian Priester, earning recognition for 'Best Recordings of 2007'
from AllAboutJazz- New York as well as live performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival and
Anderson’s Velvet Lounge.
Of Bennington’s recordings: Another friend; the Music of Herbie Nichols is popular
and referenced in the only book out on Nichols, A Jazzists Life by Mark Miller (Mercury
Press). The Walk
to Montreuil is about an American's sojourn through France. Exotic Coda features one of the
Ornette Coleman’s protégés, Demian Richardson and was included in Down Beat Magazine’s,
Albums of 2014 issue. Other releases include One More Beautiful Ballad featuring Daniel
Carter and Ed
Schuller (CIMP) and No Lunch in Hackensack (Unseen Rain) with pianist Steve Cohn (New
Bennington was also honored to be included on Stix and Stones by David Haney that
legendary drummers Bernard Purdie and Han Bennink (Slam 2016). Bennington was also
the book Dreaming Drums by Christian Ducasse in 2019 (Parenthesis Press, Paris).
Bennington celebrates over thirty years in the music field…notable performances with his
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound include visits to New York at the famed Bop Shop in
Shape Shifter Lab in Brooklyn, the Jazz Forum at the University of Illinois (Champagne-
Chicago Botanic Garden, Arts Incubator (University of Chicago), the Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz
Elastic Arts, the 2nd Story, the Whistler, and the California Clipper among others...he has
performed for one of the Presidents of the United States.
Bennington is proudly endorsed by Dream Cymbals and Gongs and serves as a Drum
Instructor at the
Guitar Center (Central Chicago)
“…Bennington has put into motion major activity in the accelerated world of music.” –
“….Bennington’s unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn’t follow traditional
and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom.”
My Jazz Story
'the greatest example of Harmony
between men is a band'
My House Concert Story
For over a decade I put on monthly house concerts in Chicago...hosted by a handful of people over the years; patrons really. There was always food
and drink and a genial atmosphere. When we played everyone was respectful and, sitting at the drums, I could often hear my own heartbeat during
the quieter moments. There is an attention and respect payed to artists in a house concert that can be, and often is, greater than conditions at a club
or venue. The intimacy between musicians and listeners is very great and I feel has made me a better artist for it. I can only say that is a beautiful
option for performers and also an opportunity for those who can afford it, to fund these endeavors and act as patrons.