Re: Your stick preferences and why.
Colaiuta signature sticks.
When I first started drumming I got some signature sticks from my favourite drummers as well as an assorted hickory and maple selection froom several brands. Some frinds also gave me some of their slightly used sticks to try. The Vinnie sticks are what I ended up with, though I have a few other lighter sticks in my bag as well.
It's very close to an American Classic 5B, but I just like it better.
I like Jazz-rock, it both swings and rocks.