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“The band retains the agility of a small group,” says Spangler, “but with the harmonic palette of a larger one.Read More About Planet D Nonet
The band’s repertoire is unmatched, in one set paying tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, and in another the proto-R&B sounds of Detroit artists such as Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams and King Porter. On some nights an audience might be treated to an entire evening devoted to the Afro-futuristic rhythms of Sun Ra—to whom the name Planet D Nonet is a deferential nod, if not a wink.
30 | Aug
Drummer Gayelynn McKinney — who you may know from her all-women jazz group Straight Ahead, or her recent work with Aretha Franklin — grew up in a magical place for musical development to be nurtured: the home of beloved Detroit pianist, composer, educator, and Tribe member Harold McKinney.
21 | Apr
Planet D Nonet follow up their debut release, “Swingin’ the D” with a huge sophomore project entitled, “Salute to Strayhorn”
05 | Dec
The latest release from Detroit’s Planet D Nonet is a tribute to one of the 20th Century’s jazz and swing greats.