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Sat. March, 24 8pm: Pam Wise World Music Sextet
Pam Wise World Music Sextet with featuring pianist-composer-vocalist Wise, 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist saxophone-clarinet Wendell Harrison, and vocalist Naima Shambourger with basist Damon Warmack, Akunda Hollison percussion and Louis M. Jones on drums. A delicious buffet of African-inspired meal is included.
$50.00 $4.84 Add to Waitlist
Sunday, April 29, 7pm: Classical with Eason Trio, harp/violin/cello
Musicians of the Michigan Opera Theatre and Detroit Symphony Orchestra with 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist harpist Patrica Terry-Ross, violinist Velda Kelly and cellist Nadine Deleury. An evening of elegant and innovative classical music!
$50.00 $4.84
VIP: Sat. May 26, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $60.00 $5.39
Sat. May 26, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $50.00 $4.84
VIP: Fri. June 15, 8pm: Planet D Nonet   more info $60.00 $5.39
Fri. June 15, 8pm: Planet D Nonet   more info $50.00 $4.84
VIP: Sat. June 16, 8pm: Gayelynn McKinney McKinFolk Septet   more info $60.00 $5.39
Sat. June 16, 8pm: Gayelynn McKinney McKinFolk Septet   more info $50.00 $4.84
PAST EVENT, SOLD OUT, Sat. Dec 30, 8pm: Kathy Kosins- Kamau Kenyatta Quintet   more info $60.00 $5.39
VIP: PAST EVENT, Sat. Dec 30, 8pm: Kathy Kosins- Kamau Kenyatta Quintet   more info $70.00 $5.95
VIP: Sat. Feb 3, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review   more info $60.00 $5.39
Sat. Feb 3, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review   more info $50.00 $4.84
VIP: Sat. Feb 24, 8pm: Black History with Spencer Barefield Sextet   more info $60.00 $5.39
Sat. Feb 24, 8pm: Black History Jazz Spencer Barefield Sextet   more info $50.00 $4.84
VIP: Sat. March, 24 8pm: Pam Wise World Music Sextet   more info $60.00 $5.39
VIP: Sunday April 29, 7pm: Sat. April 29, 8pm: Classical with Eason Trio, harp/violin/cello   more info $60.00 $5.39

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11th Season of Jazz, Classical and World Music Concerts in Detroit's Majestic Homes & Gardens, monthly through June 16 

Palmer Woods Music in Homes

Next concert: Saturday, March 24 • 8 pm


Presented by Palmer Woods Association & Creative Arts Collective with support from 
Barefield DesignWorksBe Well Medical CenterBlossoms BirminghamCity Living DetroitDetroitPerforms.orgDMC Sinai-Grace HospitalMichigan Chronicle and WRCJ-FM 

We admit, we are a bit Detroit-centric. We are proud of our local talent (most have international careers) and love our Palmer Woods venues. Our 10th Anniversary series presents nearly 40 extraordinary musicians who you can meet while you enjoy delicious locally prepared cuisine during intermission. You'll be embraced by remarkable architecture, art and music at each unique concert. 

Ticket holders will receive the address and directions to the concert via email the week prior to the event. You will  receive electronic tickets when you purchase online. If you have not received directions by Tuesday of the concert, CHECK YOUR SPAM folder!

If you have any questions, email
or call Barbara, 313-891-2514 or 313-574-6847

Click here for tickets, $50-$60

GROUP DISCOUNT: If you are ordering 10 or more tickets to a single concert, click on the phrase 'Enter promotional code' (directly above the button that says 'Order Now' near the bottom of the ticket order section). Enter the word Group to receive $5 off each ticket. VIP tickets: $10 more per concert provides reserved seating in the front several rows, early admission to concert, front of the reception line for food, and extra leg room.

To purchase tickets via the mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check made out to Palmer Woods Association and a note with your name, address, phone number, email, and how many tickets you are ordering and for which concert. Mail to 19550 Argyle Crescent, Detroit, MI 48203

Saturday, March 24 • 8 pm



Pamela Wise, piano/vocals • Wendell Harrison, saxophone/clarinet
Naima Shambourger, vocals • Damon Warmack, bass 
Akunda Hollis
, percussion • Louis M. Jones, drums

The motivation, inspiration, passion and vision of Pamela Wise’s music comes from tracing the music of her African ancestors. Drum rhythms and patterns are the basis of her work, with a specific focus on West Africa, including Congo, Mali, Benin and Nigeria," states Kresge Arts in Detroit, awarding Wise with the prestigious 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship.

Dan Ouellette of Downbeat Magazine praises, "Wise, an assured bop pianist with a Tyneresque (as in McCoy Tyner) touch, composes strong melodies and braces them with the simmering rhythms of the Afro-Cuban tradition."

Wise will perform original works from her newest recording A New Message from the Tribe with clarinet / saxophone guru and husband Wendell Harrison (2018 Kresge Eminent Artist), the sultry, soulful, jazzy vocalist Naima Shamborguer, and a smoking Afro-Cuban rhythm section. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Sunday, April 29 • 7 pm

Patricia Ross-Terry, harp
Velda Kelly, violin • Nadine Deleury, cello

Harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, violinist Velda Kelly and cellist Nadine Deleury are virtuosic, longtime members of the Michigan Opera Theatre and also perform in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. They are especially passionate about playing together in the Eason Trio, expanding the chamber music repertoire for their instruments. If you have never heard this amazing Trio and this rare pairing of harp, violin and cello, then you are in for a real treat!

Terry-Ross, the 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist, has peformed on some of the world's most renowned stages, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, with luminaries such as Luciano Pavarotti, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Mathis. She has been the principal harpist at the Michigan Opera Theatre for 40 years, beginning just five years after the MOT was founded, and has performed numerous times with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her warm and vibrant sound can be heard on Motown recordings made in the 1970s with legendary stars, including Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.

Following in the footsteps of other pioneering harp stars such as Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, who honed their musical gifts at Cass Tech, Terry-Ross returned to Cass for 31 years to become an award-winning educator and director of the Harp and Vocal Ensemble, helping to empower a new generation of students to excel as artists and educators.

Co-artistic directors of the 20-year Chamber Music at the Scarab Club series, Nadine Deleury and Velda Kelly are well known for their innovative programming and outstanding performances. Principal cellist of the MOT, Deleury was born in France where she studied at the Paris Conservatory before coming to the U.S. to study at Yale University. Kelly has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a Music Assistance Fund Fellow for three seasons  in the 1980s and now plays regularly with the DSO when needed. She holds music degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In 2006, the Eason Trio commissioned Naiades by University of Michigan composer Erik Santos and Water Music by Sally Lamb McCune in 2016. The Eason Trio's MIH program will feature a variety of classical music, especially works written during the early 20th century and beyond. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Saturday, May 26, 8 pm

Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

La Inspiracion2012notitle webOur annual Latin Jazz World Music concert is always a favorite. Orquesta La Inspiracion, founded by Puerto Rican congera Ozzie Rivera and under the musical direction of pianist Bill Meyer, is a large ensemble of some of the Detroit area’s most talented and knowledgeable Latin musicians.

La Inspiracion features a hot horn section led by saxophonist Chris Kaercher, explosive percussions driven by top Latin musicians including Ozzie, rhythmic bassist Eddie Caraballo, and soulful vocals with the dynamic Dulce Checkler and others.

The beats of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz may entice you to dance and sway on a grassy dance floor beneath a star-studded sky. Festivities are held in a spacious tent in a Palmer Woods ­garden, with a tasty Latin-style meal served during intermission. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Friday, June 15, 8 pm
Planet D Nonet

Salute to Strayhorn

Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

Planet D Nonet's tribute to Billy Strayhorn pays homage to one of the jazz and swing giants of the 20th Century. Composer/arranger Strayhorn’s (1915-67) brilliance was long eclipsed by his collaboration with Duke Ellington until recent years. Sparked by multiple tributes in conjunction with his centennial, Strayhorn’s genius is more widely recognized and is featured front and center in PD9’s newest recording on the Detroit Music Factory label, A Salute to Strayhorn, which is moving up to the top of the Billboard jazz charts.

The Detroit Free Press describes PD9 as “a vibrant little-big band with an expansive repertoire…Led together by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’Donnell, the band plays this music with affection, balancing the spirit of the past with the pop of the present tense.”

Musicians include saxophonists/clarinetists Justin Jozwiak, Jim Holden and Goode Wyche III, trumpeter/vocalist/co-leader James O’Donnell, trumpeter Ken Ferry, trombonist/vocalist John Paxton, double bassist Shannon Wade, pianist Michael Zaporski, drummer/bandleader RJ Spangler, and special guest vocalist Camille Price.

Well known on the Detroit jazz scene, Spangler earned his first Motor City Music Award in 1982 with a band he co-founded, the Sun Messengers. After 15 years as a Messenger, RJ directed Detroit blues guitar master Johnnie Bassett’s band and travelled worldwide with him. With O’Donnell, Spangler is the guiding force behind PD9, an incredibly busy band known for bringing plenty of fun and lots of technical prowess to their performances — they're proficient in the avant garde repertoire of Sun Ra, as well as the swing music of the 1930s and ’40s with compositions by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson and Benny Carter, among others. 

PD9’s versatility allows them to play a wide range of music, and has garnered them Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Group in 2016, Best Jazz CD in 2011 and Best Traditional Jazz Band in 2013. 

Winners of the Detroit Music Award in 2016 for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group, PD9 is widely celebrated for playing swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs with spirit, soul and a generous dose of spunk. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60. 

A Special Father's Day Tribute
Honoring Jazz Legend Harold McKinney
Saturday, June 16, 8 pm
Gayelynn McKinney

McKinfolk Septet

Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

Gifted, multi-genre percussionist/composer Gayelynn McKinney grew up in a home enveloped in music, a hub for some of Detroit’s most important jazz musicians. Her Dad, jazz master pianist/composer Harold McKinney, her mom, opera and jazz singer Gwendolyn Shepherd McKinney, along with jazz luminaries Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, George Davidson, Max Roach, and other friends and fellow artists, filled their home with music and passion from sunup to sundown. 

By age two, Gayelynn had her own drum set, and knew her path followed the magic of music. This journey has led her to multiple awards, including the 2014 Kresge Arts Fellowship, and recently to become Aretha Franklin’s drummer. She is well known for the Grammy-nominated work with her all-female Atlantic recording jazz band Straight Ahead, and has performed as a side musician with notables such as Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Kahn, Sonny Fortune, Larry Coryell, James Carter, Regina Carter, Freda Payne, and many others. She has performed all over the globe from the Kennedy Center and 1996 Olympics, to  the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival.

On this Father’s Day weekend it is an honor to showcase Gayelynn’s McKinFolk, an ensemble that rekindles and celebrates the music and mentorship of her beloved dad, the late jazz legend Harold McKinney. “You're gonna hear some of my father's great compositions and have a good time just listening to the interpretations of his music.” Gayelynn told the MetroTimes preceding her performance at the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival. “It’ll be a little bit of funkiness, definitely some swinging-ness, and some wonderful, beautiful ballads that he wrote.”

Her Dad’s music, along with her own compositions and selection of jazz classics will be featured on the Palmer Woods concert, as well as on a soon to be released recording for Detroit Music Factory, McKinFolk: The New Beginning

McKinney’s stellar group includes long time partner from Straight Ahead, bassist Marion Hayden (see page 27 for info on Hayden) vocalist and step-mom Michelle McKinney, trumpeter Dwight Adams, uniquely expressive trombonist Vincent Chandler, and some of Detroit’s younger rising stars, tenor saxophonist Alex Colista and pianist Michael Mallis.

It will be a perfect Father’s Day concert celebration. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60. 

*May and June concerts are held in a spacious tent set up in the gardens of a home; you may tour a portion of the home prior to concert. In the case of severe weather, Palmer Woods Music in Homes (MIH) will move the concert to the beautiful art deco Detroit Unity Temple or other appropriate nearby venue. MIH reserves the right to make program changes if necessary. Tickets are not refundable.

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Saturday, December 30 • 8 pm
Pre-New Year's Eve Party!



Kathy Kosins, vocals • Kamau Kenyatta, piano
A. Spencer Barefield, guitar 
Dave Young
, bass • Djallo Djakate Keita, drums

Kathy Kosins is "one of the  most alluring voices in Jazz" according to the Chicago Tribune, and Blue Note Records President Don Was takes it up a notch, proclaiming her "one of the finest singers in the world." An internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, composer and painter, Kosins has been filling the airwaves and concert halls with magic for decades.

Kosins will perform with an all-star band, including her new producer Kamau Kenyatta on piano. Kenyatta recently won a Grammy for producing famed jazz vocalist Gregory Porter's newest recording, following three Grammy nominations with Porter. A superb saxophonist as well as keyboardist, Kenyatta is also well established as a film composer and educator currently at University of California San Diego.

Creating the holiday spirit with Kosins and Kenyatta will be guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, bassist Dave Young (Canadian Juno awardee who performed with Oscar Peterson for decades), and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita

The festivities include a delicious light meal, gourmet pastries and desserts, and sparkling wine for a pre-New Year's Eve toast. Tickets: $60; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $70.

Saturday, February 3 • 8 pm

Mardi Gras Celebration


& Fats Waller Review

Alvin Waddles, piano/vocals • John Douglas, trumpet
Marion Hayden, bass • Djallo Djakate Keita, drums

An evening of rich jazz history comes alive when pianist/vocalist Alvin Waddles plays the music of stride and ragtime legends Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and other greats. Widely popular for his central roles in Ain't Misbehavin' and Too Hot to Handel, Waddles will be tickling the ivories along with his dynamic ensemble featuring Marion Hayden on bass, trumpeter John Douglas, and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita.

The concert includes a delicious creole-style meal with favorites such as jambalaya, red beans, rice and corn bread. Mardi Gras attire encouraged! Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Saturday, February 24 • 8 pm
Honoring Black History Month


A. Spencer Barefield, guitar • Ian Finkelstein, piano 
Marcus Elliot & Rafael Statin, saxophones
Jeff Pedraz, bass • Sean Dobbins, drums

This homage to Black Music features an ensemble of extraordinary musicians of multiple generations who will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz from bebop to avant garde and beyond, from the 20th century to the present. Brimming with imagination and integrity, these musicians have improvisational chops rooted in deep knowledge of the classics of jazz, enabling them to perform challenging compositions by the recently departed piano masters Muhal Richard Abrams and Geri Allen, as well as works by Monk, Coltrane and others.

The concert will also featuring decades of works by Barefield commissioned by the Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Arts Midwest, Arts International, MCACA, Arts Foundation of Michigan, and elsewhere. His music is lauded by Downbeat Magazine critic Bill Shoemaker: "Barefield's synthesis of African string music, jazz, and timbrel investigations…coupled with his compositional versatility, merits special consideration…he is nothing less than captivating." Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Have questions about Palmer Woods Music in Homes 2018? Contact Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective

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Detroit's Historic Palmer Woods
Palmer Woods
Woodward Avenue & Seven Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48203


Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective

The Palmer Woods Association (PWA) is the neighborhood association for the Palmer Woods historic neighborhood in Detroit. Creative Arts Collective (CAC) is an arts organization founded by jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell, A. Spencer Barefield and other musicians in the mid-1970s. In 2007, CAC's Executive/Artistic Director A. Spencer Barefield and his wife artist/photographer Barbara Barefield (both longtime Palmer Woods residents) conceived the Music in Homes concert series and forged a partnership between CAC and PWA to present Palmer Woods Music in Homes concerts, as well as a free concert series for children. PWA has been presenting historic holiday home tours in Palmer Woods since 1990, started a Summer Garden Tour in 2014 and is a 501 (C)(4) nonprofit organization. Funds raised from these events help to improve, beautify, and strengthen the neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Detroit-area charities that provide important services to improve the quality of life in Detroit and help the lives of those in need. Creative Arts Collective (CAC) has been presenting jazz and creative music in Detroit and throughout the world since 1978. It is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the presentation, preservation and creation of jazz, creative music and artistic expression.

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