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Sat. Jan 26, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review
Add your name to the waiting for each ticket you want, or check out the next concerts in Feb-June. 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. Bassist Marion Hayden, trumpeter John Douglas and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita round out this superb quartet. Includes a delicious creole-style meal. Mardi Gras attire encouraged!
$50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. Feb 23, 8pm: Black History with Marcus Elliot Trio
Reserved seating in the first few rows with additional leg room and early admission to Black History concert.
$60.00 $5.28
Sat. Feb 23, 8pm: Black History Jazz Marcus Elliot Trio
This tribute to jazz giants features an ensemble of young musicians who will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz from bebop to avant garde and beyond, from the 20th century to the present.
$50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. March 23, 8pm: Musique Noire   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. March 23, 8pm: Musique Noire   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sunday, April 27, 7pm: OperaSoul with Kisma Jordan & harpist Maurice Draughn   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sunday, April 27, 7pm: OperaSoul with Kisma Jordan & harpist Maurice Draughn   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. May 25, 8pm: Detroit Jazz Ambassadors   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. May 25, 8pm: Detroit Jazz Ambassadors   more info $60.00 $5.28
VIP: Fri. June 21, 8pm: Motown & More with Al McKenzie Quintet   more info $50.00 $4.67
Fri. June 21, 8pm: Motown & More with Al McKenzie Quintet   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. June 22, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. June 22, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. Dec 29, 8pm: Holiday concert, Barefield & Friends with Monear, Damil, Hayden & McKinney   more info $70.00 $5.89
Sat. Dec 29, 8pm: Holiday concert, Barefield & Friends with Monear, Damil, Hayden & McKinney   more info $60.00 $5.28
VIP: Sat. Jan 26, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review
Reserved seating in the first few rows with additional leg room and early admission to the Mardi Gras concert with Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review.
$60.00 $5.28

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Palmer Woods Music in Homes

Presented by Palmer Woods Association & Creative Arts Collective with support from 
Barefield DesignWorksBe Well Medical CenterBlossoms Birmingham & Detroit
DetroitPerforms.orgJim Schaffer & Associates Realtors and WRCJ-FM 

We are proud to announce our 12th season of jazz, classical and world music — Detroit-style. Most of the dozens of extraordary musicians on this year's lineup live in Detroit or have strong roots here, but are known 'round the world for exporting Detroit's stellar sounds. Meet them during intermission while you enjoy delicious cuisine, exquisite  architecture and art, and meet other wonderful music lovers. 

Ticket holders will receive the address and directions to the concert home via email the week of the event. You will  receive electronic tickets when you purchase online. If you have not received directions by Tuesday prior to 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 or visit

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 (or choose your own seat), early admission to the 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. Please note that concerts often sell out well in advance and buying online insures that you will have a seat for the concerts you wish to attend.

SOLD OUT—Saturday, January 26 • 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, early admission, first on line for dinner: $60.

Saturday, February 23 • 8 pm
Honoring Black History Month

Marcus Elliot Trio

Marcus Elliot is "Convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone..." 
— Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Marcus Elliot, saxophones
Brian Juarez, bass • Everett Reid, drums

This homage to Black Music features an ensemble of exceptionally gifted young musicians who will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz from bebop to avant garde and beyond, from the 20th century to the present. 

Marcus is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator, who the Detroit Free Press says, "represents the next generation of jazz."

A leader and co-leader in many Detroit-based bands, Elliot is a Fellow of the Geri Allen Gathering Orchestra, co-founder of the nonprofit Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, and director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Jazz Ensembles. He received his master's degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan. 

Marcus travels the world with trumpeter Anthony Stanco as a musical ambassador through the program American Voices. During his travels, Elliot has collaborated with musicians from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, and Kyrgyzstan. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room, early admission, first on line for dinner: $60.

Saturday, March 23 • 8 pm

Musique Noire


Michelle May, violin/flute • Leslie Deshazor Adams, viola
Leah Lucas Celebi, viola/violin • Elden Kelly, guitar 
JoVia Armstrong
, percussion • Marion Hayden, bass

Musique Noire  are veteran players who have performed with high-profile artists, including Stevie Wonder, KEM, Aretha Franklin, El Debarge, and Frank McComb, among many others. 

Led by violinist Michelle May, a 2018 Detroit Kresge Artist Fellow, the ensemble produces a sophisticated sound showcasing unique arrangements of world fusion music. Their debut CD "Good Hair" features original songs that reflect their musical influences in funk, Latin, world music and jazz. Their latest release "Reflections: We Breathe" celebrates women warriors of the arts, with original tunes and covers of Nina Simone and Eileen Ivers.

Musique Noire has received numerous Detroit Music Awards nominees for Outstanding Jazz Recording and Outstanding World/Reggae Group and were named the 2015 winners of the Best Black Female Jazz Group by the Black Women in Jazz Awards based in Atlanta, Georgia. The ensemble performed and presented at the 2018 TEDx Detroit.

 Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room, early admission, first on line for dinner: $60.

Saturday, April 27 • 8 pm

Beyond Classical: OperaSoul

Kisma Jordan

“A shimmering soprano voice.” —The New York Times

 accompanied by Mauice Draughn, harp

Not many people can front a jazz ensemble, sing Strauss’ Four Last Songs, lead a hip-hop band in the streets of the Sidewalk for Performing Arts Festival, and perform a contemporary song cycle within a summer’s time. But Kisma Jordan can. A Metropolitan Opera National Council winner, the Detroit native has appeared with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with Derrick May and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, keeping one foot in the classical world and one in the club.

Her multi-faceted career arose upon being named a Kresge Artist Fellow, as well as being named a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge recipient.

Beyond Classical: OperaSoul. What Takes It Beyond? Kisma Jordan seamlessly navigates the worlds of classical music and hip-hop simultaneously, featuring American art song, and a few works of her own, charting a new pathway as a singer-songwriter and musician.

Harpist Maurice Draughn, a protegé of Kresge Eminent Artist Patricia Terry-Ross (who perform on MIH last season) is an experienced and versatile musician who has appeared as a soloist the International Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. He has also performed with legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Saturday, May 25, 8 pm
Memorial Day Weekend

Detroit Jazz Ambassadors

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

Dave McMuray & Alex Harding, saxophones
A. Spencer Barefield, guitar 
Jim Alfredson
, organ • Djallo Djakate, drums

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We know it's been a long winter, so we have planned a dynamic way to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of the summertime season with a quintet of fierce jazz musicians who will probably blow the top off the tent. 

Saxophonist David McMurray’s Music Is Life was released last May on the legendary Blue Note label and is receiving rave reviews.

"McMurray delivers solos with gritty intensity and a blunt attack, and he avoids music-school patterns and jazz-funk clichés in favor of more idiosyncratic ideas," writes Mark Stryker in DownBeat.

Blue Note describes McMurray as having “cemented his reputation for versatility by playing with a vast array of musicians that include B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Hallyday, Gladys Knight, Albert King, Nancy Wilson, KEM, Bootsy Collins, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen, and Bob James.

"McMurray sounds as assured and inspired in a rock, R&B, funk, pop or folk setting as he does playing hard bop.” His credits also include the trailblazing groups Was (Not Was) and Griot Galaxy.

Fellow saxophonist Alex Harding is another powerhouse, know for his mastery of the baritone saxophone. He doubles on bass clarinet and can play almost any single reed instrument. 

JazzTimes, in a review of Hamiet Bluiett’s Baritone Band, said that Alex Harding: “…attacked the music with steamroller momentum and uncommon ferocity…it was sheer fireworks."

Alex studied music in his early years with Yusef Lateef, Beans Bows and Herbie Williams, and played with Wynton Marsalis and Donald Byrd while still in high school. After settling in New York in 1993, he joined Julius Hemphill’s Saxophone Sextet. He also began performing with Muhal Richard Abrams, Craig Harris, Lester Bowie, Frank Lacey, Oliver Lake and David Murray’s Big Band.

In 1996, Alex joined Hamiet Bluiett’s Baritone Group and appeared with the Mingus Big Band, Jayne Cortez Firespitters and Lester Bowie’s Hip-Hop Philharmonic. In 1998, Alex was part of the Sun Ra All-Star Project that premiered at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. More recently Alex has performed with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and with Aretha Franklin.

Along with guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, organist Jim Alfredson and drummer Djallo Djakate, this ensemble will perform music filled with imagination, innovation and virtuosity. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Friday, June 21, 8 pm
Motown & More

Al McKenzie Quintet

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

Al McKenzie, piano
Penny Wells, vocals
Rayse Biggs
, trumpet • Jeff Canady, drums • Darrel Smith, bass

As approach the anniversay of the passing of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, we present the famed Al McKenzie, her final music director,. He's a Detroit treasure known for collaborating, performing, arranging or directing some of the heros of Motown and R & B. A longtime music director for the Temptations, his credits read like a who’s who of music: The Spinners, Jean Carne, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson, The Supremes, The Contours, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Weston and Anita Baker.

After trumpeter Marcus Belgrave visited his junior high school in 1969, Rayse Biggs knew his destiny was to be a trumpeter. Soon after, Rayse went on tour with a number of Motown groups such as Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations. Begrave, and later Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard, became inspirations and mentors. 

After graduating from Detroit’s Chadsey High School in 1972, Rayse went on the road with a number of Motown acts — Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations.

Since then his talents have taken him far and wide to such distant places as Senegal and elsewhere around the globe, performing with Kem, Was Not Was, The Dramatics, Kidd Rock, Bob Dylan, and many others.

Singer Penny Wells has been described as elegant, seductive and smooth. Her sultry and sophisticated sound embodies jazz, classical, spirituals and gospel, all cascading into soothing and soulful hues, filled with a generous dose of rhythm and blues. Her first solo CD entitled “SHINE” was written, produced and arranged by McKenzie.

Drummer Jeff Canady is a powerful drummer who can be heard on Dave McMurray's new Blue Note release. He is a regular with McKenzie, and has also performed with Lin Rountree, Yancy, Karen Clark-Sheard, Evelyn Agee, Derrick Mylan, David Myles, Mark Mix and Lola Morales to name a few.

Darrell "Peanut" Smith picked up the bass guitar while at Northwestern High School with famed bandleader Ernie Rogers. At the age of 16 he became drummer for the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, a local jazz big band comprised of musicians from the Count Basie Orchestra and Motown Records. While in college, Darrell joined the Teddy Harris Quintet. Soon after, he toured with Martha Reeves, and with the Spinners as their Music Director.

Over the course of his career Smith has performed, recorded or toured with The Four Tops, The Temptations, G.C. Cameron, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole, The Supremes, Bob James, Aretha Franklin, Esther Phillips, Marlena Shaw, Etta Jones, Etta James, Ronnie Dyson, Joe Williams, Houston Purser, O.C. Smith, Spanky Wilson, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Dennis Roland, James Cleveland, Thomas Whitfield Company, The Gospel Workshop and host of other well known artists. Currently, he performs with recording artists KEM and Penny Wells, Motown Legend Martha Reeves, pianist Al McKenzie and saxophonist Dave McMurray.

Get ready for dancing up a storm on this  Summer Solstice evening.

Saturday, June 22, 8 pm


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

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Our Afro-Cuban Jazz garden concert is always a favorite, filled with soulful music, joyful and powerful rhythms, and dancing. 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 vibrant and knowledgeable Latin musicians. During intermission, enjoy a Mexican-style meal with a glass of Sangria.

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.

The beats of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz may entice dancing and swaying 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.

*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.

Thank you to our sponsors: 

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Saturday, December 29 • 8 pm


Pre-New Year's Eve Party!


A. Spencer Barefield & Friends

Featuring Vocalist Isis Damil
Pianist Cliff Monear
Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield
Bassist Marion Hayden &
Drummer Gayelynn McKinney

Vocalist Isis Damil, a relatively newcomer on the scene, joins the stage with four jazz legends to kick-off our 12th season of Palmer Woods Music in Homes. Only in her twenties, her voice has the depth, richness and passion of an older and more seasoned singer. The daughter of two jazz musicians, music is embedded in her DNA, propelling Isis to merge her classical training with jazz, funk, fusion, neo-soul, scat, rap and R & B. She has performed with some of the best, including her dad, Zion Yisrael, as well as Marcus Belgrave, Ralphe Armstrong, James Carter, Robert Hurst and others. Now a regular at Bakers Keyboard Lounge, she has appeared at Bert's, Cliff Bells and the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.

Creating the holiday spirit with Isis will be pianist supreme Cliff Monear and three Kresge Arts Fellows: guitarist A. Spencer Barefieldand bassist Marion Hayden and percussionist Gayelynn McKinney, two of the founders of the all-women's Atlantic recording sensation Straight Ahead. 

Barefield, the artistic director of Music in Homes, is "an extraordinary guitarist/composer" according to JazzTimes. He has perfomed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. with jazz greats Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, and Reggie Workmen, to name a few.

Marion and Gayelynn are some of the most in-demand musicians on both the local and national scene, and have performed with numerous jazz veterans, including Marcus Belgrave, Geri Allen, Sonny Fortune, Steve Turre, James Carter, and Regina Carter. Gayelynn, who was Aretha Franklin's drummer preceding her passing, recently released a recording rekindling the music of father, the famed composer/pianist Harold McKinney, and leads McKinfolk, which performed on our series last year.

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, early admission, first on line for dinner: $70.


Have questions about Palmer Woods Music in Homes 2019? 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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