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Salute to Strayhorn

Planet D Nonet

Salute to Strayhorn

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“The band retains the agility of a small group,” says Spangler, “but with the harmonic palette of a larger one.

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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.

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05 | Dec

Strayhorn Family endorses “Salute to Strayhorn” by Planet D Nonet

The latest release from Detroit’s Planet D Nonet is a tribute to one of the 20th Century’s jazz and swing greats.

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07 | Nov

LISTEN: Planet D Nonet, ‘Just a-Sittin’ and a-Rockin’,’ exclusive debut

Composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was a major figure in American music, best known during his life and for decades after his death as Duke Ellington’s collaborator. But in the last 20 years, thanks to pioneering biographical and musicological scholarship and recordings from a variety of sources, Strayhorn’s reputation has finally managed to escape Ellington’s shadow.

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19 | Oct

Planet D Nonet Salutes Strayhorn

“The band retains the agility of a small group,” says Spangler, “but with the harmonic palette of a larger one.”

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