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 gogs 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 award nominated drummer, a record producer and manager.drummer for Alberta Adams as well as the guiding force of the Planet D Nonet, in addition to leading his organ trio every week at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in downtown Detroit.

RJ is on over 70 nationally available CDs.

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


Untitled Document

SaturdayMarch 28, RJ Spangler Trio plus Tbone Paxton at the Rec Bowl in Mt Clemens.  (standards, jazz, funk)

Sunday, March 29, PD9 at the  Blue Goose Inn, St Clair Shores, MI, 4 pm to 7 pm. (swing)

Tuesday, March 31, w/ ML Liebler & the RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Anton Arts Center in Mt Clemens. (poetry, hardbop standards)

Wednesday, April 1, RJ Spangler Trio + Akunda Hollis at Cliff Bell's, 8 pm to midnight. (jazz standards, funk)

Saturday, April 4, RJ Spangler Trio + Akunda Hollis at the Harbor House in Detroit.  (standards, jazz, funk)

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)

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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