Tbone Paxton / RJ Spangler Septet
Please note that social distance seating and Covid requirements will be in effect, with 50% of normal seating capacity. You must reserve seats in advance by e-mailing Sally Bolle, email@example.com to be added to the list.
Shield’s of Southfield is located at 25101 Telegraph Road (at 10 Mile) in Southfield, 48033. We do not take reservations and please do not call the venue about our concerts. There is a $10 entertainment charge at the door which covers the cost of these fine musicians and their bands.
Lifelong buddies RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton started working together in 1980 with a very popular band around Detroit called the Sun Messengers. They toured the east coast, Midwest and deep south for a number of years. Back then Tbone was awarded a Motor City Music Award for best trombonist. Since that time, he has also become quite an engaging vocalist. In fact, he has been nominated for the last two years as best jazz vocalist at the Detroit Music Awards. The two are cornerstone members of the 9 pc Planet D Nonet, and as such, have toured to 11 states, released as many CDs and garnered 6 Detroit Music Awards. Now they have offered this stripped-down project – just four musicians, with a new CD about to drop.
Tbone and RJ have performed in New Orleans and backed singers from there on their tours up north like Johnny Adams, Earl King & Edde Bo for many years, so the music of NOLA is always prominent in their performances; from trad-jazz to R&B. The Great American Songbook: Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington & the Harlem Jive of Fats Waller as well as the proto jump/swing of Louis Jordan are also a big part of each performance. Add some gut-bucket trombone & RJ’s experience with blues, swing, and world jazz on drums and you have an idea what to expect at their shows. They are favorites at festivals, art fairs, jazz clubs, brewpubs, private parties as well as libraries.