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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician and teacher. A three-time Grammy nominee, he has to his credit an extensive list of performances, recordings, original compositions and productions. As a studio musician, he has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk and John Lee Hooker. He was the drummer on the biggest selling pop album by Michael Jackson, Thriller, providing the beat on “Billie Jean.”
Aaron Serfaty was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He began playing drum set at the age of fifteen and started to play professionally at seventeen. He did extensive work as a session and touring drummer from 1980 until 1991 with local and international artists.
In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles to study Jazz and African American Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joe LaBarbera). Aaron has also taken lessons with Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Jerry Steinholz, and Juan Oliva.
He has played with Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes, Jon Anderson, Dori Caymmi, and Don Grusin among many others.