Basic Background Info

Birth: May 9, 1959
Location: Unknown
Band: Santana, Niacin
Genres: Blues, Rock, Psychedelic, Latin Rock, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Neo-Progressive
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Dennis Chambers is one of the modern masters of the drumset. He has inspired countless young drummers and laid the foundation for what we now know as 'gospel chops.'
Dennis Chambers started playing drums when he was four. Two years later, Dennis played in Baltimore nightclubs, growing comfortable with his drum kit and learning the ropes of live performances.

After graduating from high school, Dennis Chambers joined Parliament and Funkadelic in 1978 and played with them behind George Clinton for seven years. After 1985, Dennis Chambers frequently recorded sessions in New York City. That same year, Dennis Chambers started playing with Special EFX. In 1987, he played with the David Sanborn Band and the John Scofield Band. 

Growing as a drummer, Dennis Chambers joined the Mike Stern/Bob Berg Big Band. Later, Dennis Chambers played with the Tower of Power and, most recently, with Carlos Santana. Dennis Chambers also performs with his own band, Niacin. 

Dennis Chambers reunited with band mates John Scofield, Gary Grainer, and Jim Beard to create the DVD, In The Pocket. 

Dennis demonstrates groundbreaking grooves in his soul, funk, and fusion drumming. Dennis Chambers' ability to consistently stretch his playing outside the pocket sets him apart from other drummers. Throughout his career, Dennis Chambers' versatility has carried him through performances with combos, large groups, and his own bands.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1979 Gloryhallastoopid Parliament
1979 Uncle Jam Wants You Funkadelic
1981 'Nard Bernard Wright
1985 Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends George Clinton
1986 Blue Matter John Scofield
1987 Loud Jazz John Scofield
1987 Pick Hits Live John Scofield
1988 Code Violations Gary Thomas & Seventh Quadrant
1988 Cycles Bob Berg
1988 Searcher Kevin Eubanks
1988 Secrets Leni Stern
1988 Summer Cooler Various Artists
1989 3 Stanley Clarke w/ George Duke
1989 Bottom's Up Victor Bailey
1989 By Any Means Necessary Gary Thomas
1989 Closer to the Light Leni Stern
1989 Did Jah Miss Me?!? Tom Coster
1989 Jigsaw Mike Stern
1989 Straight to My Heart: The Music of Sting Bob Belden Ensemble
1989 Underneath It All Mitch Watkins
1989 While the Gate Is Open Gary Thomas
1990 Curves Mitch Watkins
1990 Gramavision 10th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists
1990 In the Shadows Bob Berg
1990 Live at the Beverly Theatre in Hollywood P-Funk All Stars
1990 Signals Wayne Krantz
1990 Slo Sco: The Best of Ballads John Scofield
1990 Song of the Sun Jim Beard
1990 Toe to Toe Randy Brecker
1991 Back Roads Bob Berg
1991 Blue Guitar Various Artists
1991 Funk of Ages Bernie Worrell
1991 In a Loud Way Adam Holzman
1991 Kold Kage Gary Thomas
1991 Music on the Edge Chroma
1991 Odds or Evens Mike Stern
1991 Ten Songs Leni Stern
1992 Denon Hi-Fi Check CD Various Artists
1992 Enja 20th Anniversary Sampler Various Artists
1992 Gotcha!! Tom Coster
1992 Headline Steve Khan
1992 Indian Summer Tom Alonso
1992 Petite Blonde Bill Evans
1992 Return of the Brecker Brothers The Brecker Brothers
1992 Snapshot George Duke
1992 That's Me Barbara Dennerlein
1992 Virtual Reality Bob Berg
1993 Crossings Steve Khan
1993 East River Drive Stanley Clarke
1993 Enter the Spirit Bob Berg
1993 George Clinton's Family Series, Vol. 1 George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars
1993 George Clinton's Family Series, Vol. 2: "P" Is the Funk George Clinton
1993 Good Groove Grafitti
1993 Let's Set the Record Straight Tom Coster
1993 Like One Leni Stern
1993 Say What You Mean Charles Blenzig
1993 Sound the Trumpets Various Artists
1993 Stompin' with Savoy Marc Copland Quintet
1993 Things Left Unsaid Eric Leeds
1993 Tokyo Live John Mclaughlin
1993 Windows, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Beat of a Different Drummer Various Artists
1994 Forbidden Zone Tom Coster
1994 Greatest Hits 1972-1993 Parliament
1994 Is What It Is Mike Stern
1994 Liquid Fire: The Best of John Scofield John Scofield
1994 Scampi Fritti Marc Beacco
1994 Yes, Then Yes Nelson Rangell
1995 Alive in America Steely Dan
1995 Best of Parliament: Give Up the Funk Parliament
1995 From the Street Tom Coster
1995 Hands Dezona
1995 In from the Storm Various Artists
1995 My Favorite Django Bireli Lagrene
1995 Promise John McLaughlin
1995 Rhythm'n Jazz Alain Caron
1995 Right on Time Carl Filipiak
1995 Take Off! Barbara Dennerlein
1996 B-III Toshihiko Kankawa
1996 Best of George Duke George Duke
1996 Between the Lines Mike Stern
1996 Blues Chronicles: Tales of Life Gary Bartz
1996 Common Ground Common Ground
1996 Greatest Hits George Duke
1996 Guitar Music Various Artists
1996 Guitars That Rule the World, Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz:... Various Artists
1996 Identity Jimmy Wilson
1996 Junkanoo Barbara Dennerlein
1996 JVC XRCD Sampler Various Artists
1996 Lifetime Lucky Peterson
1996 Signs Gerald Veasley
1996 Windows, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 Woman's World Various Artists
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone: Impressions Various Artists
1997 Art of Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Bass Talk, Vol. 5: Play Da Bass Various Artists
1997 Bass-ic Collection Stanley Clarke
1997 Black Guitar Leni Stern
1997 Blue Entrance Carl Filipiak
1997 Heart of Things John McLaughlin
1997 Hotel Real Carl Filipiak
1997 Is Love Enough? George Duke
1997 New Spirits in Jazz, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1997 Niacin Niacin
1997 No Sweat Gary Willis
1997 Not Enough Space Common Ground
1997 Paint It Blue: Songs of the Rolling Stones Various Artists
1997 Que Pasa Gato Barbieri
1998 Bent Gary Willis
1998 Birth of Cool Funk Vintage Jams Various Artists
1998 Blue Touch Gregg Karukas
1998 Getting Even Dennis Chambers
1998 High Bias Niacin
1998 If Women Ruled the World Ethel Ennis
1998 Move Lucky Peterson
1998 Recollection Leni Stern
1998 Snake Eyes Greg Hatza Organization
1999 Low Blow Victor Bailey
1999 Play Mike Stern
1999 Priceless Jazz The Brecker Brothers
1999 Take That Michael White Project
1999 This Ain't No Tribute Blues Cube Various Artists
2000 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of... Parliament
2000 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert Deluxe Set Various Artists
2000 CAB Various Artists
2000 Celebrating the Music of Weather Report Various Artists
2000 Complete Recordings 1976-81 Funkadelic
2000 Deep Niacin
2000 Heart of Things: Live in Paris John McLaughlin
2000 Inner Voice Stuart Hart
2000 Jazz Times Superband Various Artists
2000 Live: Blood, Sweat and Beers Niacin
2000 New Spirit in Jazz, Vol. 4 Various Artists
2000 Peripheral Vision Carl Filipiak
2000 Rescue Sanjay Mishra With Dennis Chambers
2001 Absolute Brass Various Artists
2001 Blue Paradise Mike Gallaher
2001 CAB 2 Various Artists
2001 Future History Jimmy Wilson
2001 Just Add Water Bass Extremes
2001 Telarc Sampler Various Artists
2001 Time Crunch Niacin
2001 Uncle Moe's Space Ranch Various Artists
2001 Voices Mike Stern
2002 Funked Up: The Very Best of Parliament Parliament
2002 Looking Forward Looking Back Carl Filipiak
2002 Outbreak Dennis Chambers
2002 Shaman Santana
2002 Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II) Jean-Paul Bourelly
2002 Try and Act Normal Chillbone
2003 Cab 4 Cab
2003 Concord Records 30th Anniversary Various Artists
2003 Extraction Various Artists
2003 Front Page Various Artists
2003 Shaman Santana
2004 Clarence Greenwood Recordings Citizen Cope
2004 Guitar & Bass Stanley Clarke
2004 John McLaughlin Montreux Concerts John McLaughlin
2004 Live (DVD) Bob Berg/Mike Stern Group
2004 These Times Mike Stern
2004 Trios: East River Drive/Schooldays/Live at the Greek Stanley Clarke
2005 All That I Am Santana
2005 Blue Note Plays Sting Various Artists
2005 Drum Nation, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 Gold Parliament
2005 JVC XRCD24 Sampler Various Artists
2005 Live by Request Santana
2005 Live in Tokyo (DVD) Niacin
2005 Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute to Weather Report Various Artists
2005 Organik Niacin
2005 Possibilities Herbie Hancock
2005 Remembering Bob Berg
2005 Soul Circus Victor Wooten
2006 Boston T Party Various Artists
2006 Industrial Zen John McLaughlin
2006 Mike Stern Live (DVD) Various Artists
2006 Planet Earth Dennis Chambers
2006 Prime Cuts Billy Sheehan
2007 Essential John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
2007 Funky Planet Earth: The Funkiest Guitar Players on Earth Various Artists
2007 Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreux 2004 Santana
2007 I Got Your Mantra Carl Filipiak & the Jini Jazz Band
2007 Magna Carta Guitar Greats, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2007 Moe's Town Uncle Moe's Space Ranch
2007 Roots and Grooves Maceo Parker
2007 They Called Me Evil Kolvane
2007 Ultimate George Duke George Duke
2008 Dream of the Electric Guitars, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2008 Frolic in the Land of Plenty Paul Hanson
2008 Love Behind the Melody Raheem DeVaughn
2008 Suitcase Steve Khan
2008 Palmystery Victor Wooten
2008 Mahavishnu Re-Defined: A Tribute to John McLaughlin Various Artists
2009 The World's Greatest Fusion Guitarists Various Artists
2009 Original Album Classics Bireli Lagrene
2009 Inner Portrait Victor 'Too Bad' Little
2009 DB III: Live at the Cotton Club, Tokyo Dean Brown
2010 The Clarke/Duke Project Vols. 1-3 The Clarke/Duke Project
2010 Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time Various Artists
2011 The Funk Capital of the World Bootsy Collins
2011 Parting Shot Steve Khan
2012 Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head Various Artists
2012 HBC HBC
2014 Enter the Dynasty Dontae Winslow
2014 Corazon Santana


  • Dennis frequently helps young drummers develop their skills; he taught Drummer Magazine's 2000 and 2001 #1 Up And Coming Drummer, Tony Royster Jr.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Evans
Electronics: Shure, ddrums
Sticks: Zildjian

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