Features Leon “Ndugu” Chancler Features Joe LaBarbera — Goal Achiever Rock Perspectives A Beat Study Concepts Drumming and Discouragement Drum Soloist Mel Lewis "Tiptoe" Listener's Guide Paul T. Riddle's Listener's Guide Portraits Sandy Nelson Show & Studio Alan Schwartzberg Up & Coming Def Leppard's Rick Allen Drivers Seat Rufus "Speedy" Jones
Ndugu. The name in Swahili means "Earth Brother." In drumming, Ndugu Leon Chancler's aura is that of a powerhouse, with his head in the stars and his feet planted firmly in the groove—the pulse of the earth.
Sometimes, jazz just seems to run in the family. There are the Joneses (Hank, Thad and Elvin), Chuck and Gap Mangione, Tootie, Percy and Jimmy Heath, the Brecker Brothers, the Brubecks (Dave, Darius, Chris and Danny), and the LaBarberas—saxophonist Pat, arranger John, and drummer Joe.