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

Gigs/Calendar

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Planet D Nonet

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  • Sun, 2/26, Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose, St Clair Shores. 4 to 7 pm.  (swing),  http://bluegooseinn.net/joomla30/index.php
  • Mon, 3/20, Planet D Nonet KC Workshop Concert at the First Methodist Church of Berkley, MI. wsg’s Benny Rubin Jr and Tariq Gardner (swing). 6;30 pm.
  • Sun, 3/26, Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose, St Clair Shores. 4 to 7 pm.  (swing),  http://bluegooseinn.net/joomla30/index.php
  • Thurs, 4/20, Planet D Nonet debut at O’Malley’s in Livonia, (jazz & blues), http://www.omalleyslivonia.com/
  • Sun, 4/30, Planet D Nonet at the Blue Goose, St Clair Shores. 4 to 7 pm.  (swing),  http://bluegooseinn.net/joomla30/index.php
  • Sat, 5/6, Planet D Nonet at Shield’s Pizza in Southfield (swing)  4 pm 1 pm to http://shieldspizza.com/
  • Thurs, 5/18, Planet D Nonet debut at the Public House in Monroe for the Thursday Night Jazz Series. 6 pm to 10 pm (swing) http://publichousemonroe.com/
  • Sun, 5/21, Planet D Nonet Annual Spring Concert at the Scarab Club, KC & Southwest Swing. (swing)http://scarabclub.org/
  • Sat, 5/24, Planet D Nonet at Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, East Lansing, 3:30 pm (swing) https://www.facebook.com/SummerSolsticeJazzFestival
  • Sat, 6/3, Planet D Nonet wsg Thornetta Davis & Camille Price at the Arden Park Rent Party (swing)
  • Thur, 6/8, Planet D Nonet at Kennedy Park in Lincoln Park, 7 to 9pm.
  • Sat, 6/10, PD9 wedding, GP Yacht Club
  • Sat, 6/17, Planet D Nonet at Gala event in Brighton (private) 5 to 7 pm
  • 8/1 thru 8/6, Planet D Nonet on Scully Tour
  • Thur, 8/17, PD9@Summer Swing Spectacular, Farmington, 8:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Sat 9/9, Planet D Nonet at Wheatland Festival, Remus, MI (swing)  http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/
  • Sun, 10/1, Planet D Nonet wsg John Sinclair at the Scarab Club http://scarabclub.org/

PD9 Township Jazz Project

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

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