Dennis Chambers Hospitalized

Jazz drumming legend Dennis Chambers, who has toured extensively over the years with artists such as Steely Dan, Santana, Parliament-Funkadelic and Mike Stern, is in the hospital in intensive care. Bassist Bootsy Collins confirmed the news today.

“Dennis Chambers is in intensive care,” Collins said via Facebook, “and they’re working on getting him off the respirator. They are filtering his liver, as it’s not functioning well.”

In recent performances, including gigs last week with Mike Stern at festivals in Europe, Chambers appeared much thinner than usual. Chambers is a former child prodigy, who began playing at age four and performing by age six. At 18 he joined Parliament-Funkadelic, playing with the band from 1978 to 1985, before joining the band of guitarist Jon Scofield.

Chambers is a ferociously talented drummer in any style. A highlight in recent years were his spotlighted solos with Santana during ‘Soul Sacrifice.’

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