Artist Spotlight: Planet D Nonet

Melody Baetens

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: Planet D Nonet

Lineup: RJ Spanger, drums; Justin Jozwiak, alto saxophone and clarinet; Jim Holden, tenor sax and clarinet; Goode Wyche III, alto and baritone saxes and clarinet; James O’Donnell, trumpet and vocals; Ken Ferry, trumpet; John Paxton, trombone and vocals; Shannon Wade, upright bass, and Michael Zaporski, piano.

Sound: Planet D Nonet has different style sets for different occasions. They can do a swing set with speakeasy-era jazz, as well as R&B, jump music and space-age jazz.

Next up: It’s a busy week for this big band. Catch them 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rec Bowl in Mount Clemens, and 9 p.m. Friday at Cliff Bell’s in Detroit. On Saturday, they play at 1 p.m. at Shield’s Restaurant in Southfield and 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan Bootlegger Festival at Colony Marine in St. Clair Shores.

Melody Baetens