Planet D Nonent: A Salute to Duke Ellington

The Planet D Nonet jazz band graces the back lawn of The War Memorial performing the music of some of the greatest jazz musicians and composers of all-time. Join us this summer to hear the sizzling sounds of Fats Waller, swing era tunes by Duke Ellington, Benny Moten, Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson as well as the jumpin’ jive of Louis Jordan.

Cofounded by RJ Spangler & James O’Donnell in 2007, this band is celebrating 16 years of bringing swing music to SE Michigan listeners and swing dancers. In that time the band has performed in 10 states including some memorable gigs in New Orleans and garnered 11 Detroit Music Awards. In addition to the vocals of trumpeter James O’Donnell, the band also features the vocals of trombonist John “Tbone” Paxton.