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DETROIT BLUES JAZZ

RJ SPANGLER

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RJ Spangler

RJ Spangler

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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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  • Wednesday, June 23, 6 to 9 pm, the Paxton/Spangler band at the Detroit Shipping Company
  • Saturday, June 26, Private Event, Paxton/Spangler Band, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Wednesday, June 30 Coriander Kitchen Paxton/Spangler Quartet wsg Kasan Belgrave. Early evening hit, two 45 minute sets starting at 6:30 pm. Part of the Community Concert Series. Coriander Kitchen and Farm
  • Thursday, July 1, Tbone & RJ Band at Fishbones in St Clair Shores, 7:30 to 10:30 pm - fishbonesusa – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
  • Sun, July 4 at the The Paxton/Spangler Band at the Canterbury Village Rib Fest, around 8 pm. wsg Dan Devins. Michigan Rib Fest :: Canterbury Village Lake Orion – Ribs, BBQ, Music & More!
  • Sat July 10, Paxton/Spangler Band at the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. Noon to 2 pm - Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair - The Guild
  • Sun July 11, Paxton/Spangler Band at the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. 1 pm to 3 pm - Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair - The Guild
  • Sun. July 11 6pm - 10pm, Septet CD release party - Cadieux Cafe - 4300 Cadieux Rd Detroit, MI 48224 - outdoors in the Cadieux Cafe beergarden http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/
  • Wed, July 21, 6 to 9 pm, the Paxton/Spangler band at the Detroit Shipping Company
  • Wed, July 28, Private Event, Paxton/Spangler Band, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Friday, July 30, Paxton/Spangler Quartet, Private Event in Bloomfield Hills
  • Sat, July 31, 3 pm, free concert at the Scarab Club with the RJ Spangler Band playing songs from the new Louis Jordan CD & 45 rpm recording.  http://rjspangler.com/louisjordan.php The Scarab Club 
  • Wed, August 4, Outdoor concert in downtown Belleville, Paxton/Spangler Band, Music Lakeside Website
  • Sat, August 7, the RJ Spangler Band featuring Tbone Paxton & Dan Devins, playing songs from the new Louis Jordan CD at Silvio’s Trattoria in Canton, 7pm. https://silviostrattoria.com
  • Sun. Aug. 15 6pm - 10pm, Organ Group - Cadieux Cafe - 4300 Cadieux Rd Detroit, MI 48224 - outdoors in the Cadieux Cafe beergarden http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/
  • Thursday, August 19, Paxton/Spangler Band, Private Event in Rochester, MI
  • Sun, August 22, Jefferson-Chalmers Farmers Market at 2 pm Paxton/Spangler Septet 70-minute set
  • Sun, September 12, Detroit Abloom, Dahlia Festival at 4:30 Paxton/Spangler Septet 70-minute set
  • Sun, September 19, 6 to 9 pm, the Paxton/Spangler Septet at the Detroit Shipping Company

Planet D Nonet

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Spangler Jazz & Blues Productions represents:  Airey B & her Blues Troupe & T-Bone Paxton.

To book the Planet D Nonet contact Aileen Rohwer at Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates. greatlakespaa.org

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

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

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