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Thoughtful, modern jazz and improvisation, captured in an intimate nightclub setting with drummer Jimmy Bennington and various special guest artists.

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JAZZ: Free Jazz, JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo

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 around the U.S. as a sideman or bandleader with his

group, Colour and Sound. With visits to Texas, the West

Coast, Canada,the Midwest, New York, 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 Association. 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, and David Haney,

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,and Ava

Mendosa, bassists Eric Warren, Andre' St. James,

Michael Bisio, Joscha Oetz, and Paul Blaney. 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 music improvised and


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).

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

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.

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

Jimmy Bennington is also a freelance writer and has been published in Modern Drummer and Cadence Jazz and Blues Re-


One Final Note review 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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