Berkley, MI – PD9 Presents a March Prelude To its May Salute to the Kings of Kansas City Connecting the Music of the Past with Musicians of the Future Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30pm, Berkley First United Methodist Church, 2820 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072, (248) 658-3440
Every spring, RJ Spangler’s Planet D Nonet (PD9), Detroit’s award-winning swing band, pays tribute to the originators of swing music and jazz with a concert at Detroit’s famed Scarab Club. This year, PD9 will feature the Kings of Kansas City Swing: Bennie Moten and Count Basie.
As a prelude to the May event, PD9 will be presenting a free, all-ages, open-to- the-public workshop and concert on Monday, March 20th, 6:30pm, featuring two students selected to sit in with PD9 as they rehearse tunes for the Scarab Club performance.
Benny Rubin, Jr., alto sax, is currently at the Detroit School of the Arts and has been accepted at a number of prestigious colleges, and Tariq Gardner, drums, is a Jazz Studies major at the University of Michigan. Both are busy playing on the local scene.
According to Spangler, the event will be a mini-preview to the Scarab Club tribute and a way of connecting the music of the past with the musicians of the future.
We will do an all Kansas City set, some tunes that will NOT be performed at the Scarab Club concert and some that will, but all songs will have their roots in KC jazz. Performers will be Reeds: Justin Jozwiak, Jim Holden, Goode Wyche III & Benny Rubin, Jr.; Brass: James O’Donnell, Allen Dennard, Tbone Paxton; Rhythm: Michael Zaporski, Shannon Wade, Matt LoRusso, Tariq Gardner, and RJ Spangler.
This unique confluence of music and musicians has been made possible with support from the Berkley Public Library and the Knight Foundation, and will take place at the facilities of Berkley First United Methodist Church, 2820 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, PD9 will be presenting its Salute to the Kings of Kansas City Swing, Bennie Moten and Count Basie, at the Scarab Club, the fourth annual tribute to pioneers and past masters of classic swing music.
Previous gigs featured Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and Fletcher Henderson.
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