Dennis Chambers (Baltimora, 9 maggio 1959) è un batterista statunitense.




Dennis Chambers (born May 9, 1959) is an American drummer who 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. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become well known among drummers for his technique and speed.[citation needed]Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket" but can also stretch very far out of the pocket which is also a hallmark of his technique.[citation needed] Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented.[citation needed] He can play in a wide variety of musical genres, but is perhaps most notable for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing. He is mostly known for his fast hands and triplets on the bass drum. He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr.


In 2007, just before Led Zeppelin were scheduled to play at the O2 Arena in London, John Bonham's son Jason was asked in an interview that if he himself were to pass up the opportunity, which drummer would he recommend to fill the coveted drum throne. His reply was 'If I were to choose, I would probably want a jazz drummer with a strong swing feel. You know what - Dennis Chambers. I think he would "get it", whereas other rock drummers wouldn't.'


In an interview by Bonedo in 2011 Dennis 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.

He performed on the critically acclaimed Maceo Parker live album "Roots and Grooves" album with long time friend Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass) and the WDR Big Band. 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 and Evans drumheads.


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." Dennis plays on many Sugar Hill releases .  In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985. In 1986 he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music.


On August 26, 2011 Chambers appeared as a featured drummer on the Late Show with David Letterman's Drum Solo Week II, alongside other such notable players as Tony Royster, Jr., Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland.



1982 Don Blackman Don Blackman Arista Records
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 EvansChuck LoebJim BeardDarryl 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 FormanVictor 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 GrafGary GraingerUlf Wakenius) Good Groove ESC
1993 Charles BlenzigMike SternWill LeeAlex Foster, Dennis Chambers, Manolo BadrenaMichael Brecker) Say What You Mean Big World
1994 John McLaughlin & the Free Spirits Tokyo Live Japan Import
1995 Steely Dan Alive in America Giant
1996 Niacin (band)  Niacin Stretch Records
1997 John McLaughlin, Gary Thomas The Heart of Things Verve/Universum
1997 Niacin (band)  Live Stretch Records
1998 Niacin (band)  High Bias Stretch Records
1999 Victor Bailey Low Blow ESC
2000 Niacin (band)  Live! Blood, Sweat & Beers Magna Carta
2000 John McLaughlin The Heart of Things / Live in Paris Polygram
2000 CAB CAB Tone Center
2001 CAB CAB 2 Tone Center
2001 Brett GarsedT. J. HelmerichGary WillisScott Kinsey Uncle Moe's Space Ranch Tone Center
2003 CAB CAB 4 Tone Center
2002 Dennis Chambers Outbreak Esc
2003 Greg HoweVictor Wooten, Dennis Chambers Extraction Tone Center
2003 Biréli LagrèneDominique Di Piazza, Dennis Chambers Front Page Sunnyside
2006 Dennis Chambers Planet Earth BHM
2006 Dennis Chambers, Jeff BerlinDavid FiuczynskiT 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 HoweTetsuo Sakurai, Dennis Chambers Vital World Abstract Logix
2014 Dennis Chamber Groove and More Nicolosi Productions
2017 Victor Wooten Trypnotyx Vix Records



Crystal Beat Series
Custom Yellow finish
22x16 bass drum
10x7 tom
12x8 tom
13x9 tom
14x13 floor tom
16x15 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Dennis Chambers Signature Snare Drum 

DR501 ICON front rack
PCX100 clamp x 4
B1000 boom stand x 4
S2000 snare stand
P2002C double pedal
H2000 hi hat stand
TH2000S tom holder x 3
D1000 drum throne
CLH100 closed hi hat holder
AX25L adapter


Reference Series 
Yellow Sparkle 
2005 Santana tour kit 

22x16 bass drum
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
13x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
20x14 gong bass drum
14x6.5 Dennis Chambers Signature Snare Drum 

DR501 ICON front rack
PCX100 clamp x 4
B1000 boom stand x 4
S2000 snare stand
P2002C double pedal
H2000 hi hat stand
TH2000S tom holder x 3
D1000 drum throne
CLH100 closed hi hat holder
AX25L adapter


And now you have the chance to listen and try his cymbal setup:
K0909 -  14' K Series Mastersound Hi-Hat - VP CHF 699.-
K0982 -  16' K Custom Series Fast Crash - VP CHF 450.-
K0983 -  17' K Custom Series Fast Crash - VP CHF 494.-
K0984 -  18' K Custom Series Fast Crash - VP CHF 526.-
K20890 - 22' K Custom Ride - VP CHF 699.-
A0616 -  16' Oriental China Trash - VP CHF 375.-
A0621 -  21' Oriental Crash of Doom - VP CHF 483.-

Caratteristiche principali
bacchette versatili signature a tutto tondo
Mini tallone per una precisione millimetrica
La spalla spessa offre una maggiore durata nel tempo
Scopri cosa aiuta Dennis Chambers a raggiungere la massima velocità

Provides insight into this extraordinary drummer, both as a soloist and in inspired performances with former band members John Scofield (guitar), Gary Grainger (bass), and Jim Beard (keyboards). Dennis shows what it means to play "in the pocket" using classic P-Funk grooves and more. (65 min.)

Interviews, out-takes, teaching, and music. A fascinating and useful book based on the video of the same name. The play-along chart will be useful, and bassists will appreciate Gary Grainger's lines for every tune.

Inspirational, motivational, informational, and generational, this DVD features stunning performances by 14-year-old drumming sensation Tony Royster Jr. and world renowned funk drummer Dennis Chambers playing to original music and drum solos. A special appearance by master drummer/innovator Billy Cobham completes the bond these great drummers share. A special features section includes the original musical performances and "drumless" mixes. Also check out bonus footage from the shoot and a photo gallery of the talented drummers. Produced and directed by drummer/composer Bob Gatzen.

In this over two hour DVD, watch Dennis Chambers go through some amazing jams and get insight on how to record a drum set. Learn tips and tricks from Dennis regarding recording, dissecting a drum beat, how to work in a professional band, and lots of great