Happy Birthday Joe Chambers

June 25, 1942


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Drummer, pianist, vibraphonist, and composer Joe Chambers was born on June 25, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This talented multi-instrumentalist has released eight albums as a leader and has also shared his skills as an educator.

He worked in Washington D.C. before moving to New York in 1963.

There he collaborated with jazz giants including Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Sam Rivers throughout the 1960s.

In 1970 Joe became an original member of joined Max Roach’s percussion ensemble, “M’Boom.”

He went on to perform with jazz elders Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, and Art Farmer and formed the “Super Jazz Trio” with Flanagan and bassist Reggie Workman.

He has only released eight albums of his own beginning in 1974, but appears on countless recordings.

Although not a flashy player Joe Chambers is renowned for his dynamic control and versatility.

He taught at the New School in New York City and is currently a professor of jazz in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Joe Chambers is featured during a 2011 performance.


Pietro Tonolo, tenor sax
Jorge Rossy, piano & drums
Joe Chambers, drums & vibes
Arnie Somogyi, contrabass


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