Born: May 22, 1970
Born Columbus, Ohio, May 1970 and raised in Detroit, Michigan until age nine when family moved to Houston, Texas. Began music studies on clarinet, playing the instrument for three years, switching to drums at age thirteen. Largely self-taught, his education has come from concert and marching bands in Middle and High School, brief formal instruction, Jazz and Blues sessions, work as sideman and leader. Starting in Texas afforded Bennington the chance to play with local veterans such as Blues guitar greats Kinney Abair and Little Joe Washington, Art Blakey saxophonist Terrance Tony, guitarist Susan Alcorn, trumpeter Tex Allen, and renowned vocalist Horace Grigsby. In addition to drummer G.T. Hogan and bassist Lawrence Evans, longtime Billy Harper drummer Malcolm Pinson became a friend and mentor, eventually using Bennington as a substitute....
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Jazz music that treats the drum as an instrument equal to the piano...experimenting with the below the skin deep beauty music has always had, but which few artists have been daring enough to delve into. —Muses Muse, 2003
Bennington plays with a lot of imagination revealing the influence of Paul Motian, Tony Williams, and Ed Blackwell...very well done...will please fans of abstract modern mainstream. —Cadence, 2004
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundAlthough primarily self-taught, Bennington played extensively in Concert and Marching Band throughout Middle and High School. In addition to learning from several great Jazz drummers, Bennington was fortunate to study informally with his mentor Elvin Jones over a period of eight years. From 2000-2002 he served as Jones' drum tech touring the U.S. and Europe. Bennington has several years of private instruction experience that also include drum workshops with the Children's Cancer Association, the VSA Arts, the Sound of the Underbrush Improvising Workshop in Seattle, and the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto. Bennington currently teaches privately and in conjunction with Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. (Chicago). Daytime hours preferred. Private lessons $50.00 per hour...