Leon "Ndugu" Chancler

Leon "Ndugu" Chancler

Leon "Ndugu" Chancler
Born (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, pop, blues, funk
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer, educator
Instruments Drums, percussions, synthesizers
Years active 1965-present
Associated acts Weather Report

Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (born July 1, 1952) is a jazz funk drummer, percussionist, studio musician, composer and producer.

Chancler was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and began playing drums when he was thirteen years old. While in high school, Chancler played with Willie Bobo and the Harold Johnson Sextet. Chancler graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in music education. By then he had already performed with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock,[1] and recorded with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Bobby Hutcherson, among many others.

Chancler often works as a studio percussionist. His playing can be heard on many hit records, ranging from The Temptations, Tina Turner Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, etc.

In 2006 he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California[2] and teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California for three weeks every summer.[3]

Chancler is a member of Percussive Arts Society[4] and has been named as one of the top 25 Drummers in the world. He also is a composer and the sole proprietor of his own publishing company.

He has recently toured some cities in Latin America, including Monterrey, Mexico, where he played on Yamaha Mexico's 50th Anniversary Festival.

Chancler can be reached through his agent. Sources recently attribute him to talking with Lawrence Sosman, a musician sourced mainly in Palo Alto in his band [1]


With Miles Davis

With Eddie Harris

With Hampton Hawes

With Harold Land

With Azar Lawrence

With Julian Priester

With Lalo Schifrin

With Weather Report


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Leon "Ndugu" Chancler: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Ndugu Chancler". University of South California. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  3. ^ "2010 Faculty". Stanford Jazz Workshop. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Leadership". Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved 2010-04-21.