The Detroit Blues Society presents "The Detroit Big Band Blues" with the Planet D Nonet today (May 14) from 2-5 p.m. at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit.
Band leader RJ Spangler reports that the group will explore the history of big band blues, with special guest vocalist Dan Devins. For about 25 years, Devins has lead the Back Door Blues Band around metro Detroit and he appears on the latest six-song EP by Planet D Nonet, "Blowin' Away The Blues, Vol 2."
Listeners can hear real Detroit proto R&B/swing ala Paul "Huckelbuck" Williams, King Porter, and Todd Rhodes, as well as real jump blues from Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker. T-Bone's connection to Detroit will also be discussed.
Members of Planet D Nonet include Justin Jozwiak (alto sax & cl), Jim Holden (tenor sax & cl), Joshua James (alto, tenor & bari saxes & cl), James O'Donnell (trumpet, flügelhorn & vox), Ken Ferry (trumpet & flügelhorn), Dave Gadd (piano), John "T-Bone" Paxton (trombone & vox), Bill MacLeod (string bass), and RJ Spangler (drums).
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