Joe Chambers

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Joe Chambers
Birth name Joe Chambers
Born (1942-06-25) June 25, 1942 (age 74)
Origin near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Drum kit, piano, vibraphone
Years active 1963–current
Labels Blue Note Records, Atlantic Records, Columbia Records, Savant Records.
Associated acts Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, M'Boom, Sam Rivers, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd.

Joe Chambers (born June 25, 1942, near Philadelphia[1]) is an American jazz drummer, as well as a pianist, vibraphonist and composer. He attended the Philadelphia Conservatory for one year.[2] In the 1960s and 1970s Chambers gigged with many high-profile artists such as Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, and Chick Corea. He has released eight albums as a bandleader and been a member of several incarnations of Roach's M'Boom percussion ensemble.[3]

He has also taught, including at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. At the school he leads the Outlaw Band.[4][5][6][7] In 2008, he was hired to be the Thomas S. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Jazz in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.[8]


As leader[edit]

  • 1974: The Almoravid (Muse)
  • 1976: New World (Finite)
  • 1977: Double Exposure (Muse)
  • 1981: New York Concerto (Baystate)
  • 1991: Phantom of the City
  • 1998: Mirrors (Blue Note)
  • 2006: The Outlaw (Savant Records)
  • 2010: Horace to Max (Savant Records)
  • 2012: Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra (Savant Records)
  • 2016: Landscapes (Savant)

As sideman[edit]

With Franck Amsallem

With Donald Byrd

With Chick Corea

With Stanley Cowell

With Miles Davis

With Art Farmer

  • Something Tasty (Baystate, 1979)

With Don Friedman

With Joe Henderson

With Andrew Hill

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Hubert Laws

With M'Boom

With Charles Mingus

With Sam Rivers

With Woody Shaw

With Archie Shepp

With Wayne Shorter

With Ed Summerlin

With The Super Jazz Trio

  • The Super Jazz Trio (Baystate Records, 1978)
  • The Standard (Baystate Records, 1980)

With Hidefumi Toki

  • City (Baystate Records, 1978)

With Charles Tolliver

With McCoy Tyner

With Miroslav Vitous

  • Infinite Search, (Embryo, 1969)

With Tyrone Washington

With Joe Zawinul


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