Lifelong buddy’s RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton started working together in 1980 with the dynamic Sun Messengers band. Back then Tbone was awarded the Motor City Music Award for best trombonist. Since that time, he has also become quite an engaging vocalist.
He & RJ have backed New Orleans singers on their tours up north like Johnny Adams and Earl King, so the music of NOLA is always prominent in their performances; from trad-jazz to R&B. The Great American Songbook: Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington & the Harlem Jive of Fats Waller as well as the proto jump/swing of Louis Jordan is part of each performance. Add some gut-bucket trombone & RJ's experience with blues, swing and world jazz on drums and you have an idea what to expect at their shows. Favorites at art fairs, jazz clubs, brew pubs, private parties, libraries, they do get around.
Photo taken at their annual shows at the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair, always a great success!
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