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Drums – Jazz Camp Week 1
Part of the SJW family for 15 years, Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician, and teacher. A three-time Grammy nominee, he has to his credit an extensive list of performances, recordings, original compositions, and productions. As a studio musician, he has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, and John Lee Hooker. He was the drummer on the best-selling pop album by Michael Jackson, Thriller, providing the beat on “Billie Jean.” As a producer and songwriter, he has written hits for The Dazz Band and George Duke, and produced for Flora Purim, Bill Summers, Toki, and his own solo recordings. He has co-produced recordings for Santana, The Crusaders, George Duke, Tina Turner, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, and The Meeting, the group he co-leads with Patrice Rushen and Ernie Watts.
In addition to his faculty position with SJW, Ndugu is also on the adjunct faculty in the jazz studies department at the Thornton School, University of Southern California.