Detroit Music Award, Best Jazz Recording, 2015!
The title of the new release is "Just A Sittin & A Rockin' "
with T-Bone Paxton” on the Eastlawn Record label. Planet D
Nonet bandleaders RJ Spangler and James O’Donnell have been making music with John "T-Bone" Paxton for over 35 years.
Paxton is widely acknowledged as one the the finest
interpreters of the Ellington trombone style in Detroit's
current jazz and swing musical community. On this recording
he is featured primarily as a vocalist.
John’s father, Fred Paxton, was a fine pianist and band
director at Osborn High School on Detroit’s east side, where
the family lived. "T-Bone" grew up hearing swing music and
the Great American Song Book around the house. John is a
veteran musician having backed numerous touring artists that
have come through the Detroit area over the last 35 years,
Earl King and Johnny Adams from New Orleans, and even the salsa great
Eddie Palmieri. Clearly Paxton's influences are deep.
This collection features the music of Harold Arlen, Danny
Barker, Percy Mayfield, and of course the revered team of
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Some of the musical charts
were arranged by the band's musical director, Joshua James,
while others were scored by frequent contributor Mike Sailors.
This release also features many "head arrangements" put
together by various band members, along with guest artist
This collection is an exquisite replication of what patrons
and fans enjoy most every night on stage with the inimitable
Planet D Nonet, a nine-piece swing band with a mission.
Planet D Nonet Discography:
"Just A Sittin & A Rockin' w/ T-Bone Paxton" (Eastlawn, 2014)
"Rays Of The Sun" (Eastlawn, 2013)
"Swingin' The D (Detroit Music Factory, 2013)
"Old School" (Eastlawn, 2012)
"Blowin' Away The Blues, Vol 2" (Eastlawn 2011)
"We Travel The Space-ways" (Eastlawn, 2010)
"Viper Madness Suite w/ John Sinclair" (No Cover, 2010)
"Blues, Ballads & Beyond" (Eastlawn, 2010)
"Blowin' Away The Blues" (Eastlawn, 2010)
"Country Girl b/w Honey Dripper (45 rpm, Eastlawn, 2009)
Planet D Nonet featuring Michael Ray -
"Rays of the Sun"
Rays Of The Sun,
is a futuristic tribute to the legendary avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra,
as recorded live at Trinosophes in Detroit's Eastern Market. Sun Ra
Arkesta trumpeter Michael Ray is the featured guest on this recording.
the years the PD9 has performed the music at five SRO annual tributes,
two concerts at the Detroit Institute of Art as well as concerts,
festivals & clubs in Lansing, MI, Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY,
Atlanta, GA & a hand full of gigs in New Orleans, LA. The
Planet D Nonet will be performing Sun Ra’s music for years to come as
we feel that this music is timeless. These compositions are gifts
from The Cosmic Master to the World.