Dennis Chambers started playing drums at the age of 4 and was playing in nightclubs by the age of 6. Chambers has had no formal musical training. His talent developed from listening to the great drummers that preceded him; drummers such as Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Jack DeJohnette, Harvey Masson, David Garibaidi, Steve Gadd, Tony Williams and many others.
He left high school at the age of 18 and joined Brides of Funkenstein and subsequently Parliament / Funkadelic. He joined George Clinton's organization in 1978 and played until 1985 when he joined Special EFX.
In 1986, Chambers joined the David Sanborn Band and the John Scofield Band. Chambers recorded three records while with John Scofield; Blue Matter, Loud Jazz, and Pick Hits - 3 records that were strong favourites with fellow musicians. In 1989, after the John Scolfield band, Dennis toured and recorded with Mike Stern/Bob Berg Band, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, The Brecker Brothers band, Bill Evans, Mike Urbaniak, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Steve Kahn, Steeley Dan, Mike Stern Band, Victor Bailey, Niacin, Gary Willis, Andy Summers, John McLaughlin, Tom Costa, Carl Filipiak, Victor Wooten, Don Blackman, Bernard Wright & Graffitti.
In recent years, Chambers has also lent his propulsive backbeats to the cooperative fusion groups Niacin (with bassist Billy Sheehan and Hammond B-3 organist John Novello), CAB (with bassist Bunny Brunel and guitarist Tony McAlpine) who were nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award, and also Front Page, a band nominated for a French Grammy in 2001. Chambers has toured and recorded with many other great artists around the world.
He has published 2 instructional books and videotapes under Warner brothers Publications and has also made appearances on several videos eg The Buddy Rich memorial Scholarship Fund video. Throughout the years, Dennis has received many awards from publications such as Modern Drummer.
For the past four years, Chambers has occupied the drum chair in Santana, a high-profile gig which has him touring relentlessly around the globe with the renowned guitar hero Carlos Santana. But the in-demand drummer did find some time in his always-full schedule October 2004 to go into the studio and record tracks for his third album as a leader “Planet Earth” (BHM 1005-2).