Leon "Ndugu" Chancler
|Leon "Ndugu" Chancler|
1 July 1952 |
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, pop, blues, funk|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer, educator|
|Instruments||Drums, percussions, synthesizers|
|Associated acts||Weather Report|
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, 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.
Chancler is a member of Percussive Arts Society 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.
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 
With Miles Davis
- Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy, 2015)
With Eddie Harris
- Excursions (Atlantic, 1966–73)
With Hampton Hawes
With Harold Land
With Azar Lawrence
- Bridge into the New Age (Prestige, 1974)
With Julian Priester
- Love, Love (ECM, 1973)
With Lalo Schifrin
- No One Home (Tabu, 1979)
With Weather Report
- Tale Spinnin' (Columbia, 1975)
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