Ndugu Chancler

Ndugu Chancler, born Leon Chancler on July 1, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana, is an American drummer, percussionist, composer, and producer, who has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Donna Summer, James Brown, Tina Turner, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Carlos Santana, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker.

In 2006, Ndugu was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California and teaches for three weeks each summer at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California.

In 1982, Ndugu played drums during the recording sessions that produced three tracks for Michal Jackson's Thriller album; Billie Jean, P.Y.T., and Baby Be Mine

Ndugu died on Saturday, February 3, 2018; he was 65.

Ndugu Chancler