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DETROIT BLUES JAZZ

RJ SPANGLER

cover photo by Chuck Andersen

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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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  • Friday, June 14, RJ & Tbone at the Atwater Beergarten in GP, (swing and New Orelans) https://www.atwaterbeer.com/locations/atwater-in-the-park/
  • Saturday, July 12, RJ/Tbone Quartet at Eastside Jam Collective Showcase, presented by the City of Grosse Pointe Park, corner of Charlevoix & Maryland. 8 to 9 pm.
  • Thursday, July 18, Tbone Paxton/RJ Spangler Band, at the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, the Summer Concert series, 7pm.
  • Saturday, July 19, RJ & Tbone Quartet at Vinotecca in Birmingham, 8 to 11 pm, no cover. (swing) https://vinotecca.com/
  • Thursday, July 31, RJ & Tbone at the Watermark in St Clair Shores, (swing and New Orleans) http://www.watermarkbarandgrille.com/

Planet D Nonet

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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)

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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

Contact Info

Booking:

RJ Spangler
rjspd9@gmail.com 
734-751-8512
rj@rjspangler.com

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