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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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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.
RJ Spangler

RJ Spangler


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


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  • Saturday, June 11, the RJ Spangler Quartet featuring Tbone Paxton at PRIVATE EVENT (swing/standards)
  • Wednesday, June 15, Larry Smith & the RJ Spangler Trio at Jazz & Blues@Southfield Library! (post-bop jazz) 6:30 pm.
  • SaturdayJune 18, The RJ Spangler Organ Trio w/ Duncan McMillan & Oliver Nevels at DeAngelis Winery, outside of Ann Arbor, 3 pm to 7 pm. (organ jazz)
  • Tuesday, June 21, Make Music Day (see above for details). Jazz sax master Larry Smith w/ the RJ Spangler Quartet wsg Nikki Pearce, outside of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 4 pm. FREE. (bop-bop jazz)
  • Wednesday, June 22, T-Bone Paxton & the RJ Spangler Trio at the Royal Oak Brewery, 8:30 pm to midnight. (swing/standards, NOLA-funk)
  • Friday, June 24, RJ's Blues Gang at Rustic Cabins Bar in Grosse Pointe Park (blues & soul), 9 pm.
  • Saturday, June 25, Tbone Paxton & the RJ Spangler Trio at Onyx Modern Steakhouse, Royal Oak 7 pm to 10:30 pm. . (swing/standards, NOLA-funk)
  • Sunday, June 26, RJ's Eastside Blues Gang in tribute to WHFR DJ, the late JoAnn Korchinska at the Hastings Street Ballroom, Detroit. (blues)

Planet D Nonet

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PD9 Township Jazz Project

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



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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