Paxton/Spangler Septet wsg Alex Harding

Thursday, July 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20
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Showtimes are at 7:30p & 9:30p for this performance.

(Doors open at 5pm for dinner/Seating begins at 6:15p for the first show & 9:00p for the second show)


This recording by the Paxton/Spangler septet lives up to its name, Ugqozi, which translates from isiZulu as “inspiration.” This inspiration is layered and can be felt and understood on various levels. On the outside there is the special attention to South African jazz, a very longstanding interest for both T-Bone Paxton and RJ Spangler. I remember myself playing with them as a young man in the 70s when they were revealing their inspiration gathered by progressive big band music by the likes of Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath or Sun Ra’s Intergalactic Arkestra in groups such as Kuumba (Kiswahili for “Creativity”— again the idea of ugqozi) and later, the Sun Messengers. There is also the sense of inspiration revealed in the synergy between the septet and the various guest artists (Including Kirk Krahnke whose collaboration with the leaders also harkens back in the day to the 70s). The simpatico musicians blended seamlessly to assist in a band sound, a unique flavor that all great bands must achieve, through instrumental blend, arrangements, aesthetic understanding and much more.


The Paxton/Spangler Septet express a deep cultural understanding of the socio-political realities that were at play in South Africa. They have taken seminal works by one of South Africa’s most revered jazz icons and entered a human story replete with pain, suffering, joy and hope. -Butchie Seroto, Music in Africa (South Africa)

This feeling of freedom is captured perfectly in The Paxton/Spangler Septet’s interpretations. Not to keep this feeling of joy would be a crime to South African jazz, but the Detroit group nail it. 

-Robbie McGrail, Jazz Revelations (UK)


Thursday, July 28, 2022
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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