Ndugu Chancler might be called "The Drummer's Drummer". Since his many talents also include playing vibes and timbales, Ndugu represents the epitome of versatility and mobility in drumming and percussion. Ndugu also has an extensive and impressive list of productions and original compositions to his credit.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ndugu moved to Los Angeles at an early age, where he started playing drums at age 13. After graduating from Locke High School, Los Angeles, Ndugu attended California State University, Dominquez Hills, majoring in Music Education. During his high school years he worked with Willie Bobo and played and recorded with "The Harold Johnson Sextet". Immediately after high school Ndugu performed with the "Gerald Wilson Big Band", Herbie Hancock, and Hugh Masekela. By age 19 he had worked and performed with such greats as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Harris, Harold Land, and Bobby Hutcherson, just to name a few.
Ndugu's wide range of experience also includes traveling on the road with Santana, George Duke, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, and Alice Coltrane; and recording with Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Weather Report, and Frank Sinatra. He is also in demand as one of Los Angeles' top studio musicians.
Ndugu currently leads his own band, which he calls "Ndugu", and performs with Patrice Rushen in a unique duo called 1+ONE. He can also be caught playing in "The Meeting" with Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, and Alphonso Johnson.
Truly, watching and listening to Ndugu Chancler's unique drumming style is an experience not to be missed.
Ndugu has been with Yamaha for over 20 years. Truly a great and talented artist who we are proud to have as a family member.