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Latest Release from Eastlawn!

RJ Spangler Trio - "A Li'l More"

Veteran Detroit drummer RJ Spangler leads a funky organ trio with guitarist Ralph Tope & organist Duncan McMillan. They have been together for about a decade, when they backed vocalist Odessa Harris.

with Special Guests: Akunda Hollis, congas and percussion Keith Kaminski, alto and tenor saxes Goode Wyche, bari sax James O'Donnell, trumpet Tbone Paxton, trombone



Planet D Nonet  - "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin with T-Bone Paxton'" 
Planet D Nonet  - "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'"

Detroit Music Award, Best Jazz Recording, 2015!

Co-leader James O’Donnell & I have been making music with John “Tbone” Paxton for over 35 years.  For my money, John is one of the best interpreters of the Ellington trombone style in Detroit today, but on this recording we feature him primarily as a vocalist.  His dad was a fine pianist & music educator & Tbone grew up hearing swing music & the Great American Song Book around the house. On this collection you’ll hear Harold Arlen, Danny Barker, Percy Mayfield & of course Ellington & Strayhorn.  Some are charts by our musical director Joshua James & some are by frequent contributor Mike Sailors & there are head arrangements put together by the band members & guests like Ralph Tope. This is a fine example of what we do every night on stage with the Planet D Nonet.
  - RJ Spangler

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Planet D Nonet - "Rays of the Sun"

Planet D Nonet - Rays of the Sun

Rays Of The Sun, is a futuristic tribute to the legendary avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra, as recorded live at Trinosophes in Detroit's Eastern Market. Sun Ra Arkesta trumpeter Michael Ray is the featured guest on this recording.
Over the years the PD9 has performed the music at five SRO annual tributes, two concerts at the Detroit Institute of Art as well as concerts, festivals & clubs in Lansing, MI, Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA & a hand full of gigs in New Orleans, LA.  The Planet D Nonet will be performing Sun Ra’s music for years to come as we feel  that this music is timeless. These compositions are gifts from The Cosmic Master to the World.

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RJ Spangler Trio - "This Is What We Do"

RJ Spangler Trio - This Is What We Do

Eastlawn Records is pleased to announce a new release from The RJ Spangler Trio. This CD is all about the organ/guitar/drums format. If you dig Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jack McDuff, then this is for you.  The RJ Spangler Trio plays every Wednesday night at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in downtown Detroit.

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Planet D Nonet - "Old School"

Planet D Nonet - Old School

Eastlawn Records is proud to announce a new release from PD9! A cool six song EP called "Old School" because all the tunes are from the 20's & 30's. This is for true swing fans! One tune by the Fletcher Henderson Orch, 3 tunes by Duke Ellington & standards like "After You're Gone" & "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams."

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Planet D Nonet - "Blowin' Away The Blues (Vol 2)"

Planet D Nonet - Blowin' Away The Blues Vol 2

Planet D Nonet - "Blowin' Away The Blues (Vol 2)
is now available for purchase or download!

Eastlawn Records is  thrilled to annouce another rousing little big band blues party! Like Volume 1, it contains jump blues and other blues related party music! On loan from the Back Door Blues Band, singer Dan Devins delivers four strong tracks by the likes of T-Bone Walker & Louis Jordan & our trombonist, T-Bone Paxton sings one by Mr. Jordan as well. A swinging R&B bari sax/ trombone instrumental by Detroit's Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams rounds out this fine set of music.

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Planet D Nonet"We Travel the Spaceways; The Music of Sun Ra"

Planet D Nonet - We Travel The Spaceways; The Music Of Sun Ra

"Planet D Nonet - We Travel The Spaceways;  The Music Of Sun Ra." 
is now available for purchase or download! Eastlawn Records is proud to release the latest recording from the Planet D Nonet, "We Travel The Spaceways; The Music of Sun Ra." Led by RJ Spangler & James O'Donnell, this CD documents the bandleaders shared love of the music of the legendary composer & pianist. It is a two CD set, mostly culled from live recordings and features two wonderful sax players (as well as former Detroiters): Salim Washington, who now lives in NYC and Kenny Millions (Keshavan Maslak) who currently lives in Florida.

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Planet D Nonet - "Blowin' Away  The Blues"

A rousing little big band blues party! This 6 song EP is the debut recording for the Planet D Nonet, a down & dirty little swing band from Detroit. It contains jump blues and other blues related party music! Leaders RJ Spangler (drums) & James O'Donnell (growl trumpet master) put together a fine nine piece band to celebrate their favorite music from late 1920's to the early 1950's. Detroit's queen of the blues, Miss Alberta Adams, guests on one track. Northern Soul singer Buddy Smith lays down a hard hitting slow blues and top Detroit saxman Keith Kaminksi is featured on several great solos!

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Planet D Nonet - "The Little Big Band"

The Planet D Nonet

This two-song 45RPM vinyl single from PD9 features Buddy Smith on "Country Girl" and Keith Kaminski on "Honeydripper". 
The Planet D Nonet is about swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs all served up with plenty of good humor. Check it out.

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RJ Spangler's Blue Four - "You Know I Can't Refuse: The Bill Heid Sessions"

rj spangler's blue four

The first CD release from RJ Spangler's Blue Four!
This collaboration with legendary keyboardist Bill Heid mixes swing, bop and blues. In addition to Spangler on drums and Heid on keys, the quartet also features Pat Prouty on bass and Keith Kaminski on sax. 
Legendary Detroit guitarist Johnnie Bassett is featured on three tracks!

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Alberta Adams & The Rhythm Rockers - "Detroit Is My Home"

This is the latest CD release from Detroit's "Queen of The Blues".

Read Reviews:

In a Blue Mood: Detroit's Blues Queen is A True Blues Treasure

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Alberta Adams & The Rhythm Rockers - "Detroit's Queen of the Blues"

This four-song EP was voted Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording, at the 2006 Detroit Music Awards.

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Planet D Nonet - "Ballads, Blues & Beyond"

Just as the name says, Ballads, Blues & Beyond features great ballads by Tadd Dameron & Ellington & Hodges, swinging blues by Johnny Hodges, Billy Strayhorn & King Porter, ending with an uptempo number by Sun Ra. The Planet D Nonet is great little nine piece siwng band co-led by drummer RJ Spangler and growl trumpet master James O'Donnell. Real Detroit swing music.

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Alberta Adams & The Rhythm Rockers - "I'm On The Move"

This Jump-Blues classic is the first CD by Alberta on the Eastlawn Record label.

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Odessa Harris - "The Easy Life"

Her first recording in more than 30 years, vocalist Odessa Harris showcases her wonderful voice on CD with 10 stellar blues tracks on "The Easy Life".

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Sun Sounds Orchestra -
"Open The Doors"

This first CD from SSO features seriously cool Afro-centric and World Music. Check it out.

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Geno Parks - "Live - On The Air"

R&B legend Geno Parks is featured on this 3-song mini CD recorded live on the Willy Wilson Show on WDET in Detroit!

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