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Swinging Through Time

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  • This clinic discusses and demonstrates the evolution of the drum set and it’s rhythms. From Africa to Congo Square and onward through the rest of the United States, the drum set has evolved. During this evolution there were key periods of rhythms and sounds that gave the music it’s character. The journey continues through to the present.
  • Ndugu Chancler (
  • 12/18/2014 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Meeting Room W192
  • Ndugu Chancler is a Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Clinician, and Educator. As a studio musician, Ndugu has recorded with such greats as Frank Sinatra , Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, John Lee Hooker, Kenny Rogers, and Michael Jackson. Working on "Thriller" and "Bad", Ndugu was the drummer on the hit single "Billie Jean". Ndugu has also played on a number of Movie Soundtracks including , "An Officer and a Gentleman", "Indecent Proposal", and "The Color Purple" As a songwriter Ndugu co- wrote hits for Santana including "Dance Sister Dance", "Reach For It" for George Duke, and "Let It Whip" for the Dazz Band. His production credits include Flora Purim, Bill Summers, Toki, along with his own solo recordings; Ndugu and the Chocolate Jam Co., and Ndugu Chancler. Ndugu has co-produced recordings for Santana, George Duke, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Tina Turner, and a group he co-leads with Patrice Rushen, and Ernie Watts, The Meeting. These associations have brought many Gold and Platinum albums and Grammy Awards. As an educator, Ndugu works with the Jazz Mentorship Program , the Thelonious Monk Institute, and is Faculty Advisor to the U.S.C. Jazz Reach, in Los Angeles. Ndugu is also on the Faculty of the Young Musicians Program at Cal Berkeley , Stanford Jazz Workshop, Diaz Music Institute, and Music For All. Ndugu does clinics all over the world for Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Toca, Vic Firth, and Shure Bros. Ndugu Chancler is an Adjunct Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at The University of Southern California, Flora L. Thornton School of Music.