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DETROIT BLUES JAZZ

RJ SPANGLER

cover photo by Mike Tuomey

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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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Projects / Bands

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

Gigs/Calendar

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  • Sat, 1/7, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Royal Oak Public Library, 3 pm (bop-jazz) http://ropl.org/
  • Sat, 1/7, RJ’s KC6 at Guy Hollerin’s in Ann Arbor, MI (swing/blues) http://www.hiannarbor.com/guy-hollerins-brews-blues.php
  • Thurs, 2/9, RJ Spangler Trio + Tbone Paxton at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club, Detroit (standards/swing) http://www.cliffbells.com/
  • Sat, 2/18, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Brandon Public Library, Ortonville, MI, 2 pm (bop-jazz) http://www.brandonlibrary.org/
  • Sun, 2/12, RJ Spangler Trio + Tbone Paxton Mardi Gras Show at the South Lyon Library, South Lyon, MI, (standards/swing) http://www.ssldl.info/
  • Sat, 2/18, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Brandon Public Library, Ortonville, MI, 2 pm (bop-jazz)http://www.brandonlibrary.org/
  • Sat, 2/25, RJ Spangler/Tbone Paxton Quintet Mardi Gras Show, O’Malley’s in Livonia, (jazz & blues), http://www.omalleyslivonia.com/
  • Tue, 2/28, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers Mardi Gras Show at Rochester Mills Breer Co, Rochester, MI (blues and R&B) http://www.beercos.com/
  • Fri, 3/3, Tbone Paxton & the RJ Spangler Quartet at the Franke Center Affinity Concert Series (Downstage Club), Marshall, MI, 8 PM
  • Sun, 3/26, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Tecumseh Public Library, Tecumseh, MI, 2 pm (bop-jazz) http://tecumsehlibrary.org/
  • Sun, 4/9, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the South Lyon Library, South Lyon, MI, (bop-jazz) http://www.ssldl.info/
  • Weds, 6/7, RJ Spangler Trio + Tbone Paxton at the Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak, MI, doing a special Holiday theme show! (standards/swing) http://ropl.org/

Planet D Nonet

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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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rj@rjspangler.com

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