RJ Spangler

Latest News - March 14, 2015

Record Store Day

Celebrate Record Store Day with our latest 45 rpm 7" vinyl RECORD!

Record Store Day seemed like a good thing to tie in to for my latest recording, a 45 rpm 7" vinyl RECORD (avail as an EP & as download as well) by my group, the RJ Spangler Trio (Ralph Tope & Duncan McMillan, wsg's Keith Kaminski & Akunda Hollis). Funky Detroit organ jazz.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

So now this 45 is available in the following stores (with more to come):

Dearborn Music, 22501 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
Stormy Records, 13936 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
Hello Records, 1459 Bagley St, Detroit, MI
People's Records, 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Lo & Behold Records & Books, 10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI
Encore Records, 417 East Liberty Street Ann Arbor, MI
PJ's Used Records, 617 Packard St Ste B, Ann Arbor, MI
Underground Sounds, 255 E Liberty St Ste 249, Ann Arbor, MI

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 rsum 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


Untitled Document

Wednesday, April 15, RJ’s Blues & Swing Gang at Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale (swing dance), 9 pm to midnight.

Saturday, April 18, at 1 pm, the RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Kennedy Library in Dearborn.  (hardbop standards)

Saturday, April 18, at 6 pm, WHFR 30th Anniversary Party at the Park Place in Dearborn w/ RJ’s KC6. (swingin’ blues)

Thursday, RJ plays PRIVATE EVENT

Saturday, April 25, RJ Spangler Trio + Tbone Paxton at Club Onyx in Royal Oak.  (standards, jazz, funk)

Sunday, April 26, PD9 at the  Blue Goose Inn, St Clair Shores, MI, 4 pm to 7 pm. (swing)

Friday, May 1, RJ’s KC6 at Boo’s Blues in Royal Oak, 8:30 to 11:30. (swingin’ blues)

Saturday, May 2, Planet D Nonet at Virgil Carr Center in Detroit, 2 pm to 5 pm. Let Me Off In Harlem; PD9 play Early Duke.(swing)

Tuesday, May 12, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Berkley Library, 7 to 8 pm. FREE CONCERT (post bop jazz)

Thursday, May 14, RJ Spangler Quintet in Monroe. 6 pm to 10 pm. (Funky organ jazz).

Saturday, May 16, RJ Spangler Trio at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo. (funky organ jazz)

Saturday, May 30, RJ Spangler Trio at DeAngelis Winery, Ann Arbor, 3:30 to 7 pm

Sunday, May 31, PD9 at the  Blue Goose Inn, St Clair Shores, MI, 4 pm to 7 pm.(swing)

Wednesday June 3, Planet D Nonet at the Rec Bowl in Mt Clemons, 6 pm. (swing)

Friday, June 5, The RJ Spangler Trio at the Harbor House in Detroit. 9 pm. (jazz standards, organ jazz)

Saturday, June 6, RJ's Blues Gang at a PRIVATE EVENT (blues)

Saturday, June 13, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at Orion Township Library (hardbop jazz).

Monday, June 15PD9@Jazz In The Park in Grand Rapids (swing)

Tuesday, June 23PD9@Jazz MI Jazz Tour.  First Street Beach, Manistee, MI (swing), 7 to 9 pm


Spangler Jazz & Blues Productions represents:  RJ's Blues Gang, the RJ Spangler Trio/Quartet, RJ’s KC6, & the Planet D Nonet.



Recordings are available for purchase in both CD and downloadable formats.

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Detroit Music Factory Eastlawn Records

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