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Sat. Feb 29, 8pm: Black History Classical with Jannina, Jason & Friends
Honoring Black History month, 2020 Grammy-nominated violinist Jannina Norpoth and violist Jason Amos perform works by African-American composers, including a premiere of a new work for strings by A. Spencer Barefield. Bassist John-Paul Norpoth and guitarist Barefield join the duo.
$50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. March 28, 8pm: Charlie Parker Centennial with Rafael Statin   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. March 28, 8pm: Charlie Parker Centennial with Rafael Statin   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Saturday, April 18, 8pm: East Meets West Classical with Xiao Dong Wei & Yuki Mack   more info $60.00 $5.28
Saturday, April 18, 8pm: East Meets West Classical with Xiao Dong Wei & Yuki Mack   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP Fri & Sat.Memorial Holiday Festival with Orquesta La Inspiracion & Thornetta Davis   more info $110.00 $8.33
Fri & Sat.Memorial Holiday Festival with Orquesta La Inspiracion & Thornetta Davis   more info $90.00 $7.11
VIP: Fri. May 22, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $60.00 $5.28
Fri. May 22, 8pm: Orquesta La Inspiracion   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. May 23, 8pm: Thornetta Davis   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. May 23, 8pm: Thornetta Davis   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. June 20, 8pm: Straight Ahead   more info $60.00 $5.28
Sat. June 20, 8pm: Straight Ahead   more info $50.00 $4.67
Sat. June 27, 4pm: Concert in the Cabin with Spencer-Marion-Isis Trio   more info $50.00 $4.67
Sat. June 27, 7pm: Concert in the Cabin with Spencer-Marion-Isis Trio   more info $50.00 $4.67
SOLD OUT, VIP: Sat. Dec 28, 8pm: Holiday Jazz with A. Spencer Barefield, Shahida Nurullah and Friends   more info $70.00 $5.89
VIP: Sat. Jan 25, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review   more info $60.00 $5.28
SOLD OUT, Sat. Dec 28, 8pm: Sat. Dec 28, 8pm: Holiday Jazz with A. Spencer Barefield, Shahida Nurullah and Friends   more info $60.00 $5.28
SOLD OUT Sat. Jan 25, 8pm: Mardi Gras, Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review   more info $50.00 $4.67
VIP: Sat. Feb 29, 8pm: Black History Classical with Jannina, Jason & Friends   more info $60.00 $5.28

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Palmer Woods Music in Homes

Presented by Palmer Woods Association & Creative Arts Collective with support from 
 John S. and James L. Knight FoundationBarefield DesignWorksBe Well Medical Center
Blossoms Birmingham & DetroitDetroitPerforms.orgWRCJ-FM, Mario Marrow & Associates


Grammy nominees, Knight and Kresge Artists, and other award-winning, extraordinary musicians highlight the Palmer Woods Music in Homes 13th season of Jazz, Classical and World Music. These musicians live in Detroit or have strong roots here, but are known 'round the world for exporting our city's stellar sounds. They will be showcased at nine unique concerts between December 28, 2019 through June 27, 2020.


The concerts are held in beautiful private living rooms in Palmer Woods (and gardens in May and June). New this year is a final concert in the historic Palmer Park Log Cabin (a Victorian home enveloped with rustic logs). Enjoy locally-crafted meals, exquisite architecture and art, and meet other music lovers in intimate, chamber music settings. 


Ticket holders 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, contact or call Barbara, 313-891-2514 or 313-574-6847.


Click here for tickets, $50-$70 or visit


GROUP DISCOUNT: For 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.


SERIES TICKETS must be purchased prior to the first concert. This ticket will allow you the priviledges of the VIP ticket for less than the cost of general admission, at a $100 savings (the cost VIP tickets for all concerts).


To purchase tickets via the mail, send 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 P.O. Box 21086, Detroit, MI 48221. 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.


Saturday, February 29 • 8 pm
Honoring Black History Month, Beyond Classical
Jannina Norpoth & Jason Amos with
John-Paul Norpoth & A. Spencer Barefield

Violinist Jannina Norpoth • Violist Jason Amos
Bassist John-Paul Norpoth • Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield


Violinist Jannina Norpoth and violist Jason Amos, former Detroiters and Sphinx Music alumni, will perform in a Detroit Homecoming concert. For a portion of the concert, the duo will be joined by guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and bassist John-Paul Norpoth with a world premiere of a new Barefield composition commissioned with the support of the Knight Foundation.


The concert will celebrate Black History Month with chamber music that highlights the legacy of Black Composers in America and beyond, including works by Jessie Montgomery, George Walker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and others. Jannina is a member of Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet, the 2016-17 Artists-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chamber Music America’s 2019 Visionary Artists. She made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14 and since then has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist, performer, arranger and educator. Jason has served as violist of the Boston Public Quartet and resident musician at musiConnects, a non-profit which provides free instruments and comprehensive music education to underserved children in Boston since 2010. He is a also a faculty member at Project STEP, an intensive training program for minority string players. Jason and Jannina have performed internationally and are members of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. 


John-Paul has performed with many great jazz, classical, and avant grade music stars, including Pauline Kim Harris, Tyshawn Sorey, Bang-on-a-Can, and numerous orchestra and chamber groups. He is currently a music doctoral candidate at Stoneybrook College in New York. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room, early admission, first on line for dinner: $60.



Saturday, March 28 • 8 pm
Charlie Parker Centennial
Jazz Ambassadors

Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield • Saxophonist Rafael Statin
Trumpeter Trunino Lowe •  Bassist Brian Juarez
Drummer Everett Reid


This concert will honor the Centennial of Charlie "Bird" Parker, one of the most influential innovators of Jazz and BeBop, a master of improvisation, and a brilliant composer. The program will feature original and classic jazz by Parker and others who were inspired by him.


New Music America describes Rafael Statin as "one of those rarest of multi-instrumentalist who can combine great passion, intellectual discipline, and a spiritual fire that is evocative of great artistic creativity. He has so far established himself as a remarkable composer and musician not defined by any one particular genre or style.”


He’s performed with legendary bassist Reggie Workman (who performed and recorded with John Coltrane), Bob Hurst, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Marcus Belgrave and many others greats. He is a graduate of New School University/School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.


He’ll be joined by trumpet sensation Trunino Lowe, a young up-and-coming star who studies at Wayne State University. He leads his own ensemble and has performed with veterans artists Marion Hayden, Wendell Harrison, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Dobbins, Marcus Elliot, and others. Bassist Brian Juarez and drummer Everett Reid are recent graduates of University of Michigan Jazz program and form an impressive rhythm section working with many of Detroit’s top Jazz artists, including Marcus Elliiot, Pamela Wise and others. Composer/guitarist A. Spencer Barefield will lead and present original compositions for this group with support from the Knight Foundation.


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



Saturday, April 18 • 8 pm
Classical Journey: East Meets West
Erhuist Xiao Dong Wei & Pianist Yuki Mack


Japanese-born pianist Yuki Mack has dazzled audiences on three continents. Her performances include a broad range of piano works, from chamber to orchestral music. In addition to collaborations with Xiao, she performs as a soloist and in piano duos with her sister Tomoko. Beyond the main-stage, she has performed live on the radio in Sweden, Italy, Poland and the United States. In 2006, Yuki and Tomoko were selected as Steinway Artists, joining an impressive roster of world-renown pianists. 


Chinese-born erhu master Xiao Dong Wei creates spirited and engaging musical bridges spanning thousands of miles—from Beijing to her Detroit area home. Xiao Dong's father began teaching her to play when she was five, and at age 11 her studies took her to the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. There she also learned to play the guzheng (a zither-like instrument), the guitar-like pipa, the erhu (a Chinese two-stringed violin), and classical piano. She has live in the U.S. since 2005, and has performed with orchestras around the country. A 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow, Xiao has performed internationally as soloist, with chamber ensembles and orchestras— including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra — playing Chinese and Western classical music, world music and more.


Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.



Friday, May 22, 8 pm

Celebrate Memorial Holiday Weekend
Orquesta La Inspiracion
Garden Concert
(tour a portion of the home prior to the concert)

Free Salsa & Merengue Dance Lesson Instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios will teach a free class from 6-7 pm for all ticketholders to get you ready to move and have more fun at the concert! Learn or brush up on your Salsa, Merengue and other Latin dance styles. 

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 feast 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 prepared by our neighbor Eva Garza Dewaelsche. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.



Saturday, May 23, 8 pm

Celebrate Memorial Holiday Weekend
Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis & Band
Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to the concert)


After a long winter, it's time to celebrate the Memorial Holiday weekend and the beginning of the summertime season with some Funky Rockin' Blues. 


Michigan’s Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, has a heart-thumping voice that has kept the local Blues, R&B and Soul scene alive for more than three decades — and she has electrified audiences at international Blues Festivals from Tunisia to Denmark, and throughout Europe. Her immense talent has earned her a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship, the 2017 L'Academie du Jazz Award for "Prix Blues Album," a spot in the Detroit Music Awards Hall of Fame, more than 30 Detroit Music Awards, and a spotlight at the Tigers vs. Yankees American League Championship series, where she sang “American the Beautiful” to thousands. Wow, this lady leaves us breathless!


She has graced the stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Alberta Adams and Katie Webster. She has opened for Gladys Knight, BB King, Ray Charles and Etta James, to name a few. She has also worked for TV and film on Xeena, the Warrior Princess, HBO’s Sopranos, and Osmosis Jones. She brings her top-notch band for an electrifying and memorable Music in Homes concert. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.



Saturday, June 20, 8 pm
Straight Ahead
Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

Marion Hayden, bass • Gayelynne McKinney, drums
Alina Morr, piano • Kymberli Wright, vocals • Yancyy, saxophone

Out of Detroit’s explosive jazz scene, which has produced some of the best musicians in the world, comes the ground-breaking jazz group Straight Ahead. A group of strong, inventive instrumentalists and vocalists, they are powerful and imaginative composers and arrangers. 


Grammy-nominated and award-winning, they are Detroit’s premiere all-female jazz ensemble (with the current addition of Yancyy on sax). The ensemble celebrates a 30-year legacy creating fantastic music over the course of four albums — three for Atlantic records. Together and individually they’ve played with many musical legends, including Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Roy Brooks, Regina Carter and many others.


Widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, the Straight Ahead sound ranges comfortably from mainstream jazz, contemporary jazz, latin and jazzy hip-hop. Their live performances are a dynamic celebration of power and joy with a wide range of musical textures, moods and tempos.  


Straight Ahead was introduced to the world as finalist in the “Sony Innovators” competition, a national competition recognizing exceptional performers in the jazz field. They received international exposure when they were invited to open for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. They were the first all-woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. The ensemble has shared the concert stage with a who’s who of the music world including: Kem, Jean Luc Ponty, Nancy Wilson, Roy Ayers, Tony Bennett, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Max Roach, the Yellowjackets and Dianne Reeves.  


Recognized for its creativity, musicianship and dedication to making great music, the band was inducted into the Detroit Music Awards Hall of Fame. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.



Saturday, June 27, 4 pm and 7 pm
Concerts in the Cabin
Spencer-Marion-Isis Trio

At the Palmer Park Historic Log Cabin (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

 A. Spencer Barefield, guitar • Marion Hayden, bass • Isis Damil, vocals


Concerts in the Cabin! Two concerts to choose from: Enjoy an afternoon or evening jazz concert with guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, vocalist Isis Damil and bassist Marion Hayden in the intimacy and magic of the historic Palmer Park Log Cabin.


Isis is the daughter of two fine jazz musicians, including her dad Zion Israel (who has performed on the MIH series). Her DNA must be infused with music, propelling a merger of her classical training with jazz, funk, fusion, neo-soul, scat, rap and R&B. Only in her twenties, her voice has the depth, richness and passion of someone decades older.


This young lady will knock your socks off — she is powerful,  tender and everything in between, bending notes and emotions just so exquisitely! Isis has appeared regularly at Bakers Keyboard Lounge, as well as at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Cliff Bell’s, and other top jazz venues in the Detroit area. She has also performed on the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series.


Bassist Marion Hayden and guitarist A. Spencer Barefield are international jazz legends with resumes that extend for miles. Their mastery will provide a synergy of sensational sound to this historic concert space.



The Log Cabin, a Victorian home on the interior covered with rustic logs on the exterior, is one of Detroit's most significant landmarks and architectural treasures. Built in 1885 for Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer, it was donated to the city of Detroit in 1893 along with land that we now know as Palmer Park. The other extensive portion of the Palmer estate is now residential areas, including Palmer Woods. The Log Cabin is being lovingly restored by the nonprofit People for Palmer Park and the City of Detroit. 



*May and the June 20th 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: 


Mario Morrow
Dr. Paul Benson 
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Jazzy Nights, Classical Days
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Past concerts:

SOLD OUT — Saturday, December 28 • 8 pm
Pre-New Year's Eve Concert Party!
A. Spencer Barefield,
Shahida Nurullah & Friends

Vocalist Shahida Nurullah • Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield
Pianist Pamela Wise • Bassist Jeff Pedraz • Drummer Djallo Djakate

The epitome of great Jazz and Blues that eminates from Detroit's musical legacy, Shahida Nurullah is one of the motor city’s most treasured jazz vocalists. Her repertoire includes jazz, blues, samba, bossa nova, show tunes, American Songbook, and Brazilian and New Orleans gems. Shahida's talents have been internationally lauded from the stages of the Detroit Jazz Festival, Preservation Hall, New York City, Paris, Amsterdam and beyond. Singing in three languages, her lush and upbeat voice is reminiscent of the classic styles of Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae and is steeped in the musical nuances garnered with performing with luminaries such as Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Donald Walden and others.


Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield shares this musical legacy with Shahida. 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 legends Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, and Reggie Workmen, to name a few. A Kresge Arts Fellow, and recipient of numerous grants for composing, he recently was awarded support from the presigious Knight Foundation.


Creating the holiday spirit with Shahida and Spencer will be pianist supreme, Kresge Arts Fellow Pamela Wise, bassist Jeff Pedraz and drummer Djakate Djakate.


“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…,” states Kresge Arts, awarding Wise with the prestigious 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Dan Ouellette of Downbeat raves, “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.” A powerful voice on the keyboards, Wise is one of Detroit's Jazz leaders making a strong impact around the globe, as well as mentoring young, emerging talent. 


Jeff Pedraz is a native of Philadelphia, and yet another outstanding composer/educator. While there, he worked with jazz luminaries, such as drummer Mickey Roker, saxophonist Cecil Payne and others. He has toured internationally with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino. In the faculty of the University of Windsor, Pedraz is known for his versatility and virtuousity on both the double bass and electric bass. A sought after bassist, he has worked in a range of musical genres ranging from orchestral to jazz and beyond.


Well respected for his versatility, Djallo Djakate is one of the most in-demand drummers in town, equally at home hitting the bebop rhythms as he is playing techno, reggae, gospel, avant garde or blues. He's performed countless gigs at the Detroit Jazz Festival, as well as at the Montreux Tokyo International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. He has toured and recorded internationally with Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Harvey Thompson, Alvin Waddles and many others.


Their musical magic will pave a journey for a new year of enchantment for Music in Homes! 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.


 Saturday, January 25 • 8 pm
Mardi Gras Celebration!
Alvin Waddles Fat Waller Review

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


The concert includes a delicious creole-style meal with favorites such as jambalaya, red beans, rice and corn bread. Mardi Gras attire encouraged (get those masks, feathers, sequins and beads ready!)! Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room, early admission, first on line for dinner: $60.



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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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