Jimmy Bennington is a self-taught artist who began playing professionally in Texas, 1990. Mentored by late 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 now made Chicago his current home base (2006-Present). Jimmy has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Julian Priester, Perry Robinson, Ed Schuller, Bert Wilson, and Daniel Carter. In 2007, Jimmy joined the prestigious NY labels Cadence Jazz Records and CIMP as a recording artist. Bennington's own Chicago label, ThatSwan! Records, produced the collectors items Portraits and Silhouettes featuring Julian Priester, earning recognition for 'Best Recordings of 2007' from AllAboutJazz- New York. As a result he was featured in a duet with Julian at the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as several appearances at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge.
Jimmy’s album '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 Ornette's (Coleman) protégés, Demian Richardson. Other releases include 'One More Beautiful Ballad' featuring Daniel Carter and Ed Schuller on CIMP. Also, 'No Lunch in Hackensack' on Unseen Rain Records featuring veteran Avant- Garde pianist Steve Cohn (New Jersey).
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Solid, exploratory Jazz. —Cadence, 1998
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
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
...Bennington's unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn't follow
traditional rhythmic patterns and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom.
-Alain Drouot, Down Beat Magazine, Jan
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Although 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