Jimmy Bennington, (born May 22, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American jazz drummer and avant-garde musician based in Chicago, Illinois.
A largely self-taught musician, his early experiences include jazz and blues sessions in Texas that afforded him opportunities to learn from several veterans including Kinney Abair, Tex Allen, and G.T. Hogan. During this period, Billy Harper drummer Malcolm Pinson became a friend and mentor, eventually using Jimmy as a substitute when he was away. Bennington has also been privileged to learn from legendary John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. In addition to eight years of study with Jones beginning in 1995, Bennington served as band manager and drum tech, from 2000–2002, touring the U.S. and Europe.
Based in Chicago, after long residences in Texas (1990–1998) and the West Coast (1998–2006), Bennington performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. He has played and recorded with a diverse array of artists from the Jazz and Improvised music communities, including clarinetist Perry Robinson, violinist Renee Baker( AACM, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble), pianists David Haney, Jim Baker, Steve Cohn, and Pete Drungle, trombonists Julian Priester, Michael Vlatkovich, and Jeb Bishop, saxophonists Daniel Carter, Bert Wilson, John Gross, and Fred Jackson (AACM), cornetist Josh Berman, trumpeter Demian Richardson, guitarists John Stowell, Bill Horist, and Ava Mendosa, bassists Ed Schuller, Brian Smith, and Sun Ra Arkestra electric bassist Rollo Radford.
Bennington has been a featured performer at the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge, and the Tampon-Ramier Gallery in Paris.
In 2005, Bennington was included in the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians (compiled by Lewis Porter, Rutgers University).
In 2007, his recording "Portraits and Silhouettes" ThatSwan! Records received an Honorable Mention from AllAboutJazz- New York's Best Recordings of 2007.
In 2008, he was signed by Cadence Jazz Records and the CIMP label in New York.
Featured on the cover issue of Oct/ Nov/ Dec 2010 Cadence Jazz Magazine.
Bennington is also a freelance writer and has been published in Modern Drummer Magazine (October 2005/ December 2006), Jazz Profile (2006–2008), Cadence Jazz and Blues Review (2006-).