Known as a world class drummer and percussionist, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler has an extensive list of performances, recordings, original compositions, and productions to this credit.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ndugu Chancler attended Locke High School in Los Angeles, where he began playing drums at age thirteen. During his high school years, he worked with Willie Bobo and played and recorded with the Harold Johnson Sextet. Immediately after high school, Ndugu pursued a music education degree at California State University in Dominguez Hills while performing with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock, and Hugh Masakela. By age nineteen, Ndugu had performed and recorded with such greats as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Harris, Harold Land, and Bobby Hutcherson, to name a few.
1984, Best R&B Instrumental Performance, Ghetto Blaster, The Crusaders. 1982, Best R&B Performance by Group/Duo, Let it Whip, Dazz Band and Best R&B Song of the Year Let it Whip (co-wrote Dazz Band single Let it Whip from Keep it Live LP, RIAA Certified Gold).
Flora Purims Nothing Will Be As It Was LP; The Chocolate Jam Company LPs, The Spread of the Future and Do I Make You Feel Better?; Bill Summers LPs, Cayenne and Straight To The Bank; Ndugus Old Friends, New Friends, Tokis 1:00 AM. Co-Produced Santanas Amigos LP, RIAA Certified Platinum; General Caines Dangerous LP; Tina Turners Help single from Private Dancer LP; Kiddo, Klique, and Platinum Hook LPs; Crusaders Ghetto Blaster LP; Joe Samples Oasis LP; Wilton Felders Secrets LP; The Meetings The Meeting and Update.
Michael Jackson Bad and Thriller; Herbie Hancock Mr. Hands, Sunlight, and Mwandishi; Santana Amigos and Borboletta; Weather Report Tale Spinnin; Frank Sinatra L.A. Is My Lady; John Lee Hooker The Healer; Kenny Rogers Christmas and Love Will Turn You Around; Lionel Ritchie Lionel Ritchie; OJays Identify; Fuse One Silk; James Ingram/Michael McDonald Yah Mo Be There; James Ingram/Patti Austin How Do You Keep The Music Playing; Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warne Up Where We Belong; Marvin Gaye Trouble Man; James Brown Slaughters Big Rip Of; and Lionel Hampton For The Love Of Music.
Assistant Musical Director for NBC Television Series, A Different World. Faculty at United States Percussion Camp. Percussion Department Chairman/Jazz Studies at University of Southern California (U.S.C.)
Ndugu Chancler currently performs with The Meeting, 1 + One (Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler), Ndugu and Friends, Jazz Classics featuring Ndugu Chancler and Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Drumset Ensemble, and Booker T. Jones Band.