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DETROIT BLUES JAZZ

RJ SPANGLER

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July 21, 2016

4th Annual Katherine Stickney Huber Memorial Concert

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 PM

St Christopher's Episcopal Church
9020 S Saginaw Rd, Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439

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March 17, 2016

Five Nominations! Detroit Music Awards

Detroit Music Award nominations are out: Outstanding Jazz Recording

  1. RJ Spangler Trio - A Li’l More - Eastlawn.
  2. PD9 Township Jazz Project - Eastlawn Outstanding Jazz Recording
  3. RJ Spangler – drums. Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist
  4. Planet D Nonet - Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group
  5. Outstanding Blues Recording - Garfield Angove - His Greatest Hits - Eastlawn.

May 20, 2015

Our Latest Vinyl!

Check out the latest recording, a 45 rpm 7" vinyl RECORD (avail as an EP & as download as well) by the RJ Spangler Trio (Ralph Tope & Duncan McMillan, wsg's Keith Kaminski & Akunda Hollis). Funky Detroit organ jazz.

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RJ Spangler

RJ Spangler

drummer

Drummer RJ Spangler has been on the Detroit music scene for many years. In fact, he earned his first Motor City Music Award in 1982 with a band he co-founded called the Sun Messengers. After 15 years as a Messenger, RJ went on to running the band for Detroit blues guitar master Johnnie Bassett. With Johnnie, RJ made his way coast to coast in both the US and Canada as well as many European tours.

His résumé includes blues and R&B gigs with Eddie Kirkland, The Drifters, Earl King, Wanda Rouzan, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Big Jay McNeely, Larry McCray, Francine Reed, Tad Robinson, Shawn Pittman, Sir Mack Rice/the Falcons with Eddie Floyd, Johnny Adams, Bob Schultz, Eddie Bo, Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, Robert Penn, Eddie & Jimmy Burns, Pinetop Perkins, Ron Levy, Shirley King, James Montgomery, Martha & the Vandellas, Catfish Hodge, Hamonica Shah, Mr. Bo, Willie D. Warren, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe, Thornetta Davis, Jos'lyn B, Geno Parks, the Griswald Brothers as well as jazz gigs with James Carter, Faruq Z. Bey, Bill Heid, Leon Thomas, Marcus Belgrave and Roy Brooks.

Today he is a WC Handy nominated drummer, producer of CDs & live events & guiding force behind the Planet D Nonet in addition to leading a very busy organ trio.

RJ is on over 70 nationally available CDs.

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Projects / Bands

Planet D Nonet, RJ Spangler Trio...and more

Gigs/Calendar

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  • Thursday, July 21, Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio at O’Malley’s in Livonia (swing/standards) http://www.omalleyslivonia.com/
  • Saturday, July 23, RJ’s Blues Gang w/ Carlton, Jarrod & John Barron at the Onyx Steakhouse in Royal Oak at 7 pm . (blues) http://dev.onyxroyaloak.com/
  • Sunday, July 24, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers Reunion at Stoney Creek Metro Park! Paul Carey, Shawn McDonald, Mike Marshall, Bob Schultz, Dave Huber, James O’Donnell & Tbone Paxton! 2 pm. FREE. (blues, soul, R&B) http://www.metroparks.com/Stony-Creek-Metropark

Planet D Nonet

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  • Tuesday, July 26 thru Sunday July 31, 5th Annual Planet D Nonet tour of western Michigan! (swing)

PD9 Township Jazz Project

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  • Friday, July 15, PD9 Township Jazz Project at the Scarab Club for the Concert of Colors, one set at 9:30 pm. FREE.(world-jazz)  http://www.concertofcolors.com/
  • Sunday, July 17, PD9 Township Jazz Project at the Michigan Jazz Festival, Schoolcraft College at 6:25 pm. (world-jazz) http://www.michiganjazzfestival.org/

    More information on these events will be posted soon!


Spangler Jazz & Blues Productions represents: RJ's Blues Gang, RJ Spangler Trio/Quartet, RJ’s KC6 & the Planet D Nonet (PD9)

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Recordings are available for purchase in both CD and downloadable formats.

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Record Labels

Find recordings from RJ Spangler at these record labels:
Detroit Music Factory Eastlawn Records

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