Obituary: Bud Spangler

In the 1970s, Spangler relocated to the Bay Area, where he co-led a band with trumpeter Tom Peron that continued into the ’90s. Spangler became a member of pianist Jessica Williams’ band in the ’80s. He was also a member of the group Sphere with Larry Nozero and Danny Spen-cer and played with artists such as Eddie Henderson and Archie Shepp.
Spangler branched out into production in the 1970s. His productions include recordings by Cedar Walton, Giacomo Gates, Dave McKenna, Kenny Burrell, Taylor Eigsti, Ed Reed, Anton Schwartz and others. He continued to engineer recordings as well.
In 2011 a “Salute to Bud Spangler” concert was held in Oakland, fea-turing Bobby Hutcherson and others. Spangler also continued his radio career in California, on KCSM-FM in San Mateo and KJAZ-FM in San Francisco. By Jeff Tamarkin