Joe Chambers

Joe Chambers (born June 25, 1942 in Chester, Pennsylvania[1]) is an American jazz drummer, 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. During this period, his compositions appeared on some of the albums in which he made guest appearances, such as those with Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson. He has released eight albums as a bandleader and been a member of several incarnations of Max Roach's M'Boom percussion ensemble.[3]

Joe Chambers
Birth nameJoe Chambers
Born (1942-06-25) June 25, 1942 (age 78)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDrums, piano, vibraphone
Years active1963–present
LabelsMuse, Finite, Baystate, Blue Note, Savant
Associated actsBobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, M'Boom, Sam Rivers, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd

He has also taught, including at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where 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 leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Franck Amsallem

With Chet Baker

With Donald Byrd

With Chick Corea

With Stanley Cowell

With Miles Davis

With Art Farmer

  • Something Tasty (Baystate, 1979)

With Don Friedman

With Jimmy Giuffre

With Joe Henderson

With Andrew Hill

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Robin Kenyatta

With Lee Konitz

With Hubert Laws

With Ray Mantilla

With M'Boom

With Charles Mingus

With Grachan Moncur III

  • Shadows, (Denon, 1977)

With Karl Ratzer

With Sam Rivers

With Jeremy Steig

With Woody Shaw

With Archie Shepp

With Wayne Shorter

With Heiner Stadler

With John Stubblefield

With Ed Summerlin

With The Super Jazz Trio

With Hidefumi Toki

  • City (Baystate, 1978)

With Charles Tolliver

With McCoy Tyner

With Miroslav Vitous

  • Infinite Search, (Embryo, 1969)

With Tyrone Washington

With Joe Zawinul


  1. ^ "Legendary jazz drummer and Chester native Joe Chambers returns to area Friday night". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ Joe Chambers Interview
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Joe Chambers > Biography )))
  4. ^ Jazz News: Joe Chambers and the Outlaw Band at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music February 28, 8:00 pm Archived 2006-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "untitled" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
  6. ^ "Faculty Biographies – The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music". Archived from the original on 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
  7. ^ Mannes Jazz Faculty Biographies
  8. ^ Welcome to University of North Carolina Wilmington News Archived 2008-09-23 at the Wayback Machine

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