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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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  • Thursday, July 7, Grosse Pointe Music on the Plaza series at 7 pm. Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio (Kurt Krahnke on string bass & Matt LoRusso on guitar). FREE & all ages. (swing/standards)
  • Friday, July 8, Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio at the Atwater In the Park at 8 pm. Endea Owens on string bass & Matt LoRusso on guitar. (swing/standards)
  • Saturday, July 9, Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio at the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair at 2 pm. Endea Owens on string bass & Matt LoRusso on guitar(swing/standards)
  • Sunday, July 10, Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio at the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fairat noon. Endea Owens on string bass & Matt LoRusso on guitar (swing/standards)
  • Tuesday, July 12, RJ gets interviewed by Michael G Nastos on WCBN in Ann Arbor atnoon
  • Wednesday, July 13, RJ w/ Bill Heid & Kurt Krahnke at the Old Town Saloon in Ann Arbor, at 8 pm. (jazz trio)
  • Thursday, July 14, RJ w/ Bill Heid & Keith Kaminski free outdoor concert in Monroe at Amaya's Grill 29 S. Monroe St. (organ jazz)
  • Saturday, July 16, RJ w/ Bill Heid & Oliver Nevels at Gina’s Soul Food on the eastside of Detroit at 8 pm. (organ jazz)
  • Monday, July 18, Larry Smith & the RJ Spangler Trio (Greg Cook & Oliver Nevels) at the Harper Woods Library at 6:30 pm. (bop jazz)
  • Thursday, July 21, Tbone Paxton w/ the RJ Spangler Trio at O’Malley’s in Livonia (swing/standards)
  • Saturday, July 23, RJ’s Blues Gang w/ Carlton, Jarrod & John Barron at the Onyx Steakhouse in Royal Oak at 7 pm . (blues)
  • Sunday, July 24, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers Reunion at Stoney Creek Metro Park! Paul Carey, Shawn McDonald, Mike Marshall, Bob Schultz, Dave Huber, James O’Donnell & Tbone Paxton! 2 pm. FREE. (blues, soul, R&B)

Planet D Nonet

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PD9 Township Jazz Project

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  • Friday, July 15, PD9 Township Jazz Project at the Scarab Club for the Concert of Colors, one set at 9:30 pm. FREE.(world-jazz)
  • Sunday, July 17, PD9 Township Jazz Project at the Michigan Jazz Festival, Schoolcraft College at 6:25 pm. (world-jazz)

    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)



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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