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Leon “Ndugu” Chancler


Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (July 1, 1952 – February 3, 2018) was a jazz, funk and pop drummer, producer, and composer.

Chancler was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and began playing drums when he was thirteen years old. While in high school, he played with Willie Bobo and the Harold Johnson Sextet. He 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.

Ndugu recorded as a sideman in jazz, blues, and pop music, including on “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.[2] Throughout his extensive career he worked with George Benson, Stanley Clarke, The Crusaders, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, Hubert Laws, Thelonious Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Patrice Rushen, Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, The Temptations, Tina Turner, and Weather Report.

In 2006[citation needed] he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California[2] and taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California for three weeks every summer.[3] He was an active member of the Percussive Arts Society.[4]

On February 3, 2018, Chancler passed away due to complications from cancer.


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

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