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MP3 Jimmy Bennington - Jazz Kaleidoscope

A jazz kaleidoscope of sounds. evocative solo drums live in Seattle

8 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Free Jazz, FOLK: Modern Folk

J i m m y B e n n i n g t o n

James Bennington was born in Columbus, Ohio on

May 22, 1970. He was raised in Detroit,Michigan until the

age of nine when his family moved to Houston, Texas. It was

there that he began music studies on clarinet, playing the

instrument for three years. Switching to drums at age

fourteen, his education has come from private study,

Marching and Concert bands throughout Middle and High

School, work as a sideman and as a leader. A largely self-

taught musician, Jimmy''s early experiences include

countless jazz and blues sessions in Texas that afforded

him opportunities to play with several veterans. Highlights

include guitar greats Kinney Abair, Susan Alcorn, Steve

Radney, and Little Joe Washington, trumpeters Tex Allen and

Dennis Dotson, and renowned jazz vocalist Horace Grigsby.

It was also during this period that longtime Billy Harper

drummer Malcolm Pinson became a friend and mentor,

eventually using Jimmy as a substitute when he was away.

Other great artists Bennington has been priveledged to

learn from are Ron Enyard, Chuck Carter, G.T. Hogan, Roy

Haynes, Billy Mintz, and the legendary Elvin Jones. In

fact, in addition to eight years of study with the former

Coltrane drummer,he served as band manager and drum tech

from 2000-2002 for the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine touring the

U.S., England, and Switzerland.

Based in Chicago,IL, after an eight year residence

on the West Coast, Bennington performs at a number of

venues as a sideman or bandleader with his group, Colour

and Sound. Performing in the U.S. with regular visits to

Texas, the West Coast, Canada, New York, Europe, and South

America, he makes it a point to appear at public schools,

community centers, radio stations, and festivals.

Bennington also performs at hospitals as part of his long-

standing relationship with the Children''s Cancer


A distinctive sound has forged opportunities for the

drummer to work and record with a diverse array of artists

from the jazz and improvised music communities and beyond,

including legendary clarinetist Perry Robinson, pianists

Gordon Lee, Art Resnik, Doug Haning, Craig Hoyer, David

Haney, and Jim Baker, trombonists Andre` Hayward, Dave

Dove, Michael Vlatkovich, and Julian Priester, saxophonists

Bert Wilson, Graham Ord, Steve Griggs, Michael York, John

Gross, Phillip Greenlief, Rich Corpolongo, Paul Hartsaw,

and Texas collaborator Seth Paynter, guitarists John

Stowell, Bill Horist, Ava Mendosa, and Chicago artists Dave

Miller and Bill MacKay, bassists Eric Warren, Andre'' St.

James, Michael Bisio, Joscha Oetz, Paul Blaney, and

Chicago artists Mark Van Ziegler, and Hyoseb Kim. In

addition to working with bagpipes, Mariachi, poets, tap and

interpretive dancers, Jimmy has also performed with Rob

Scheps Salon Des Refuses big band and the highly acclaimed

L.A. cabaret singer Joanne Klein. Embracing the full

spectrum of the jazz artform, Bennington''s concept ranges

from the Great American Songbook to New Music, improvised

and otherwise.

In addition to an appearance on Black Entertainment

Television''s Jazz Discovery program in 1996, and a feature

in the soundtrack of Vincent O''Brien''s critically acclaimed

independent film ''Scrum'', the Seattle, Washington based

Origin record label added Bennington to their roster of

artists in 2003 with his recording ''Midnight Choir''. That

record earned a Recommended New Release from All About Jazz

New York. International attention has followed with more

appearances, airplay, and favorable reviews in several

publications including All About Jazz N.Y. and Cadence

Jazz, Blues,and Improvised Music Review. In 2005, Jimmy was

invited by the Leroy Vinneger Jazz Institute to take part

in the historic photo ''A Great Day in Portland'',

celebrating the long jazz history in Oregon which

Bennington was an active part of for six years (1999-2004).

Now based in Chicago, Bennington performs every Sunday

at Ennui Cafe (6789 N. Sheridan Rd., 8-10pm) with his group

Colour and Sound. He is also drum instructor at Flattes and

Sharpe Music Co. (N. Sheridan Rd./ Roger''s Park). Important

upcoming shows include an appearance at Chicago''s famed

Velvet Lounge with the Julian Priester Trio (Thur/Fri July

5/6, 9-Midnight), in Toronto, ON (May 25/27) with acclaimed

guitarist Ken Aldcroft, and with his own group at The Jazz

Zone in Lima, Peru (April 2008). Whatever the context,

Bennington''s intent is always one of integrity and honesty

of expression.

Available Recordings :

Contemplation, (1998)- A program of timeless jazz standards and original compositions, featuring Seth Paynter and Andre` Hayward with liner notes by Delfeayo Marsalis.

Midnight Choir,(2003)- Features Seth Paynter in trio and quartet settings. OA2 Records 22007

Jass Music, Live at the Tugboat, vol.I (2003)- Trio featuring Saxophonist Michael York

Springtime, Live at the Tugboat, vol II (2003)- Trio featuring saxophonist John Gross

No Goodbye''s, Live at the Tugboat, vol. III (2003)-Trio featuring trombonist Michael Vlatkovich

The Cocktail Hour, Live at the Tugboat, vol IV (2004)- Trio/Duo featuring David Haney and Doug Haning

Our Dialogue, Live at the Tugboat, vol.V (2004)- CD/DVD Piano and Drums Duet with David Haney. CD Baby

Another Friend; The Music Of Herbie Nichols (2005)-Features David Haney and Bassist Michael Bisio.

Jazz Kaleidocope; Live at On The House (2005)- Solo drums and original compositions recorded live in Seattle. CD Baby

Jimmy Bennington is also a freelance writer and has been published in Modern Drummer, Jazz Profile, and Cadence Jazz and Blues Review.


One Final Note review by David Dupont, July 2005

James Bennington by Chris DeLaurenti, The Stranger, Seattle, WA, Feb 9, 2006

Meet Drummer Jimmy Bennington by Jack Gold, All About Jazz, April, 2005


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