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DETROIT BLUES JAZZ

RJ SPANGLER

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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

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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  • Thursday, June 2, RJ's KC6 at the WEMU Blues BBQ in Ypsilanti! (swing/blues) http://wemu.org/
  • Friday, June 3 at 7 PM - 9 PM, Kuumba Reunion - The Scarab Club. https://www.facebook.com/events/161706924228457/
  • Sunday, June 5, Detroit Blues Society Blues Heritage Series presents "Women of the Blues" w/ Alicia Marie & the RJ Spangler Trio. (blues). $5 cover. 2 pm to 4:30 pmhttp://scarabclub.org/
  • Tuesday, June 7, the RJ Spangler Quartet featuring Tbone Paxton at the Whitney Garden Party 6:30 to 9 pm. (swing/standards)https://www.facebook.com/events/1485144948374610/
  • Thursday, June 9, The RJ Spangler Quartet featuring Tbone Paxton & Friends at Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, Detroit. 7 pm to 10 pm. (swing/Nola-funk) http://www.detroitriverwalkhotel.com/
  • Saturday, June 11, the RJ Spangler Quartet featuring Tbone Paxton at PRIVATE EVENT (swing/standards)
  • Wednesday, June 15, The RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith at the Southfield Library. 6:30 to 8:30pm (hard-bop jazz) http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/
  • Saturday, June 18, RJ Spangler Organ Trio w/ Oliver Nevels & Duncan McMillan at the DeAngelis Winery. 3 pm to 7 pm. (organ jazz) http://deangeliscantina.com/
  • Tuesday, June 21, Make Music Day Detroit, RJ Spangler Trio + Larry Smith, Nikki Pierce & Akunda Hollis. In front of the DIA at 4 pm. (hardbop jazz) https://allevents.in/detroit/make-music-detroit/1119941178027818#
  • Wednesday, June 22, RJ Spangler Trio w/ TBone Paxton at the Royal Oak Brewery (swing/standards, New Orleans R&B). 8:30 to midnighthttp://www.royaloakbrewery.com/home
  • Friday, June 24, RJ's Blues Gang w/ Rusty, Carlton & Raymone at Rustic Cabins in GGP. (blues & soul). 9 pm.
  • Saturday, June 25, RJ Spangler Trio w/ TBone Paxton at Onyx in Royal Oak. 7 to 10:30.  (swing/standards, New Orleans R&B).http://dev.onyxroyaloak.com/
  • Sunday, June 26, RJ's Blues Gang w/ Rusty, Carlton & Raymone at Hastings Street Ballroom, tribute to JoAnn Korchinska (blues)

Planet D Nonet

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PD9 Township Jazz Project

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  • Sunday May 22, East Lansing Art Festival, E.Lansing
  • Friday June 10, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor
  • Friday June 17 Palmer Woods Concert Series, Detroit
  • Friday July 15 Concert of Colors, Scarab Club, Detroit
  • Sunday July 17 Michigan Jazz Festival, Schoolctaft College, Livonia

    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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