RJ Spangler

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RJ Spangler
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Jazz, Blues, Swing

Years Active

1976 - Present

Label's

Eastlawn Records Detroit Music Factory

Instruments

Drums

Website

http://rjspangler.com/

Associated Acts

Planet D Nonet, RJ's Kansas City Six, RJ Spangler's Mardi Gras Band, RJ's Soul & Blues Gang, RJ Spangler Trio/Quartet, PD9 Township Jazz Project

About

RJ Spangler is a Drummer who has been on the Detroit music scene for over 35 years. He earned his first Motor City Music Award in 1982 with a band he co-founded called the Sun Messengers. He also started playing little gigs around Detroit with Bill Heid back in 1985. They had a regular Sunday gig at the Tap Room on the Eastside with James O'Donnell and Kurt Krahnke.
In 2007 RJ and James O'Donnell founded a down and dirty little swing band called Planet D Nonet. PD9 plays the classic swing music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and Benny Carter as well as more modern jazz by Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders all with a Detroit twist. In addition to Planet D Nonet, RJ is in many other groups RJ's Kansas City Six, RJ Spangler's Mardi Gras Band, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers, RJ's Soul & Blues Gang, RJ Spangler Trio. In 1990 he co-founded Eastlawn Records to put out a CD by the Sun Sounds Orchestra, an Afro-jazz outfit he was co-leading then. Over the years they have released many recordings of jazz, blues, soul, and even some rock -- all with a distinctive Detroit flavor.


Discography

Partial List
See Complete list
Albums:

  • Swingin' The D Planet D Nonet (2013)
  • Blowin' Away The Blues, Volume 2 Planet D Nonet (2011)
  • Live at the Scarab Club The PD9 Township Jazz Project (2015)

Singles:

Other Compilations:

Videos


Additional Reading

Grosse Pointe News
Metro Times
Biography on AllMusic

External Links

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