Dennis Chambers

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Dennis Chambers
Birth name Dennis Milton Chambers
Born (1959-05-09) May 9, 1959 (age 57)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, funk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1978–present
Labels Sugar Hill
Associated acts Parliament-Funkadelic

Milton "Dennis" Chambers (born May 9, 1959),[1] is an American drummer. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. He was recruited in 1981 by the Sugar Hill Label to be their "house drummer." Chambers played on many Sugar Hill releases, including "Rapper's Delight".

In an interview by Bonedo in 2011, Chambers was asked who some of his influences and favorite drummers were and he mentioned Clyde Stubblefield, Al Jackson Jr., Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Husband, Jack Dejohnette, Billy Cobham, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, and Tony Williams.


In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985.[3] In 1986 he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music.[4]

He has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others.

He has toured extensively with Carlos Santana and makes appearances with his band Niacin.


He plays and endorses Pearl drums, pedals, hardware & racks, Zildjian cymbals, Zildjian drumsticks & general accessories, LP percussion, Ddrum electronics and Evans Drumheads.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Constellation Title Label
1983 P-Funk All Stars Live at the Beverly Theater in Hollywood Westbound
1986 John Scofield Blue Matter Gramavision
1987 John Scofield Loud Jazz Gramavision
1987 John Scofield Pick Hits Live Gramavision
1989 Gary Thomas By Any Means Necessary JMT
1990 Bill Evans Group (Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Jim Beard, Darryl Jones, Dennis Chambers) Let the Juice Loose (Live at the Blue Note, Tokyo) Bellaphon
1990 Gary Thomas While the Gate Is Open JMT
1991 Dennis Chambers Big City Glass House
1991 Gary Thomas The Kold Kage JMT
1992 Carl Filipiak Group (Carl Filipiak, Dennis Chambers, Paul Soroka, Jim Charlsen, Victor Williams, George Gray, Dave Fairall, Rod Daniels) Right on Time Geometric
1992 Petite Blonde (Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Mitchel Forman, Victor Bailey, Dennis Chambers) Petite Blonde Lipstick
1992 Brecker Brothers Return of the Brecker Brothers GRP
1992 Dennis Chambers Getting Even Glass House
1993 Graffiti (Dennis Chambers, Haakon Graf, Gary Grainger, Ulf Wakenius) Good Groove ESC
1993 Charles Blenzig, Mike Stern, Will Lee, Alex Foster, Dennis Chambers, Manolo Badrena, Michael Brecker) Say What You Mean Big World
1994 John McLaughlin & the Free Spirits Tokyo Live Japan Import
1995 Steely Dan Alive in America Giant
1997 John McLaughlin, Gary Thomas The Heart of Things Verve/Universum
1999 Victor Bailey Low Blow ESC
2000 John McLaughlin The Heart of Things / Live in Paris Polygram
2000 CAB CAB Tone Center
2001 CAB CAB 2 Tone Center
2001 Brett Garsed, T. J. Helmerich, Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey Uncle Moe's Space Ranch Tone Center
2003 CAB CAB 4 Tone Center
2002 Dennis Chambers Outbreak Esc
2003 Greg Howe, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers Extraction Tone Center
2003 Biréli Lagrène, Dominique Di Piazza, Dennis Chambers Front Page Sunnyside
2006 Dennis Chambers Planet Earth BHM
2006 Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, David Fiuczynski, T Lavitz Boston T Party Tone Center
2006 True Spirit John Grant, Victor Williams, Dennis Chambers, Najee True Spirit Independent release
2007 Carl Filipiak Group I Got Your Mantra Art of Life
2007 Maceo Parker WDR Big Band Cologne, Michael Abene conductor, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass) Roots and Grooves Heads Up
2007 Brett Garsed, T. J. Helmerich, Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey Moe's Town (Uncle Moe's Space Ranch) Tone Center
2008 Paul Hanson Frolic in the Land of Plenty Abstract Logix
2009 Dean Brown DBIII: Live at the Cotton Club Tokyo BHM
2009 Tony Bunn Small World ATP
2010 Greg Howe, Tetsuo Sakurai, Dennis Chambers Vital World Abstract Logix


  1. ^ "The Trap Set". The Trap Set with Joe Wong. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Modern Drummer's Readers Poll Archive, 1979–2014". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Chambers: Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Dennis Chambers: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 

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