James Bennington was born in Columbus, OH on May 22, 1970. He was raised in Detroit, MI until age nine when his family moved to Houston, TX. He began music studies on clarinet switching to drums three years later at age fourteen. A largely self-taught musician whose experience has come from private study with artists Elvin Jones, whom Jimmy worked for as drum tech (2000-2002), longtime Billy Harper drummer Malcolm Pinson, a friend and mentor while in Texas, as well as legends G.T. Hogan, Ron Enyard, and Billy Mintz.
Based in Chicago after an eight year residence on the West Coast, Bennington performs at a number of venues around the U.S., South America, Canada, and Europe as a sideman or as a leader with his group Colour and Sound. The drummer has played and recorded with many great artists including legendary clarinetist Perry Robinson, saxophonists John Gross, Bert Wilson, and Phillip Greenlief, trombonists Julian Priester, Andre Hayward, Dave Dove, and Michael Vlatkovich, trumpeters Ralph Gill and Jim Knodle, pianists David Haney, Craig Hoyer, and Gordon Lee, guitarists John Stowell, Tom McNalley, and Bill Horist, bassists Michael Bisio, Joscha Oetz, and Jeff Johnson, as well as saxophonist Graham Ord and bassist Paul Blaney of the NOW Orchestra. Chicago artists he has performed with include Rich Corpolongo and renowned pianist Jim Baker (Ken Vandermark, Fred Anderson). A true, uncompromising artist, Bennington's style ranges from the Great American Songbook to New Music; improvised and otherwise.
For more information about Jimmy Bennington, please visit: http://www.benningtonjazz.com.