Mentored by late Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, Chicago based drummer/ bandleader Jimmy Bennington celebrates 29 years in the music.
Jimmy Bennington (born May 22, 1970; Columbus, Ohio) is a self-taught artist who began playing
professionally in Texas, 1990. Mentored by late John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones during the last
decade of his life, Bennington was eventually hired as Jones' band manager/drum tech, touring the
world as part of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine (2000-2002). Since then, Bennington lived on the West
Coast for several years (1997-2006), and has made Chicago his home base (2006-Present). Jimmy has
performed and recorded with artists such as Julian Priester, Perry Robinson, John Stowell, Ed Schuller,
Bert Wilson, Ken Filiano, Steve Cohn, John Blum, John Gross, Daniel Carter, and French bassist Benjamin
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 item Portraits
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 Fred
Anderson’s Velvet Lounge.
Of Bennington’s recordings: Another friend; the Music of Herbie Nichols is popular throughout Japan
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 late
Ornette Coleman’s protégés, Demian Richardson and was included in Down Beat Magazine’s, Best
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 York).
Bennington was also honored to be included on Stix and Stones by David Haney that features
legendary drummers Bernard Purdie and Han Bennink (Slam 2016). Bennington was also included in
the book Dreaming Drums by Christian Ducasse in 2019 (Parenthesis Press, Paris).
Bennington celebrates nearly thirty years in the music field…notable performances with his group,
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound include visits to New York at the famed Bop Shop in Rochester, the
Shape Shifter Lab in Brooklyn, the Jazz Forum at the University of Illinois (Champagne-Urbana), the
Chicago Botanic Garden, Arts Incubator (University of Chicago), the Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, Martyrs,
Elastic Arts, the 2nd Story, the Whistler, and the California Clipper among others...he has even
performed for one of the Presidents of the United States.
The Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio can be heard regularly at the elegant Rhythm Room Bar
and Bistro in Evanston, Illinois.
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.” – Delfeayo
“….Bennington’s unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn’t follow traditional rhythmic patterns
and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom.”
My Jazz Story
It is a beautiful form of expression and creation...'the greatest example of Harmony
between men is a band'