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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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  • Wed, April 14 for the Oxford Public Library for the Paxton/Spangler Band, at 7 pm We will perform a zoom concert or if it is deemed safe, at the library. Oxford Michigan Public Library (miopl.org)
  • Sun, April 18, the Berkshire Busking Festival, the Paxton/Spangler Band w/ the Motor City Acoustic Band, the Mayflies & Not 2 Nite. 2 to 8 pm. We are the 3rd band. Corner of Berkshire and Windmill Point Dr in Grosse Pointe Park.
  • Sat, May 1, the Paxton/Spangler Band at Shield's Pizza for the Greater Detroit Jazz Society at 1 pm - Shield's Pizza Website | Greater Detroit Jazz Society
  • Sun. May 2, 6pm - 10pm, Louis Jordan CD Release Party - Cadieux Cafe - 4300 Cadieux Rd Detroit, MI 48224 - outdoors in the Cadieux Cafe beergarden http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/
  • Wednesday, May 12, the McMillan/Spangler Organ Quartet at GRNior at 7:30 pm, playing funky organ jazz! GRNoir Wine and Jazz - Homepage
  • Sun. June 6 6pm - 10pm, Tbone/RJ band - Cadieux Cafe - 4300 Cadieux Rd Detroit, MI 48224 - - outdoors in the Cadieux Cafe beergarden http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/
  • Sat, June 12, the RJ Spangler Band in front of Ripe Records for National Record Store Day, playing songs from the new Louis Jordan CD/45 rpm. Grosse Pointe Park. Time to be determined. https://recordstoreday.com/ - https://riperecordsdetroit.com/
  • Saturday, June 26, Private Event, Paxton/Spangler Band, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • 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/
  • Wednesday, July 28, Private Event, Paxton/Spangler Band, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • 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/

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

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