About Ndugu


Ndugu Chancler was a Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Clinician, and Educator.

As a studio musician, Ndugu recorded with such greats as Frank Sinatra , Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, John Lee Hooker, Kenny Rogers, and Michael Jackson. Working on "Thriller" and "Bad", Ndugu was the drummer on the hit single "Billie Jean". Ndugu has also played on a number of Movie Soundtracks including , "An Officer and a Gentleman", "Indecent Proposal", and "The Color Purple"

As a songwriter Ndugu co- wrote hits for Santana including "Dance Sister Dance", "Reach For It" for George Duke, and "Let It Whip" for the Dazz Band. His production credits include Flora Purim, Bill Summers, Toki, along with his own solo recordings; Ndugu and the Chocolate Jam Co., and Ndugu Chancler. Ndugu co-produced recordings for Santana, George Duke, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Tina Turner, and a group he co-lead with Patrice Rushen, and Ernie Watts, The Meeting. These associations have brought many Gold and Platinum albums and Grammy Awards.

As an educator, Ndugu worked with the Jazz Mentorship Program , the Thelonious Monk Institute, and was the Faculty Advisor to the U.S.C. Jazz Reach, in Los Angeles. Ndugu was also on the Faculty of the Young Musicians Program at Cal Berkeley , Stanford Jazz Workshop, Diaz Music Institute, and Music For All. Ndugu has done clinics all over the world for Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Toca, Vic Firth, and Shure Bros. Ndugu Chancler was an Adjunct Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at The University of Southern California, Flora L. Thornton School of Music.

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