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Detroit's Historic Palmer Woods

Palmer Woods

Woodward Avenue & Seven Mile Road

Detroit, MI 48203

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Grammy nominees, Knight and Kresge Artists, and award-winning, extraordinary musicians highlight the Palmer Woods Music in Homes 13th year.

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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 CenterBlossoms Birmingham & Detroit, DetroitPerforms.orgWRCJ-FM, Mario Morrow & Associates

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Palmer Woods Music in Homes is temporarily POSTPONED. Our series will resume when it is safe to gather and enjoy music together for all our homeowners, musicians, guests and volunteers. At this time, there are strict limitations on residential gatherings, even out-of-doors, and we do not wish to place anyone in harm's way.

Current ticket holders may request a refund, change their tickets to another date or support Palmer Woods Music in Homes by keeping their tickets. They will be honored for the new concerts dates.

If we must cancel the concerts, we can refund your tickets at any time prior to the first 2021-2022 concerts. Email concertseries@palmerwoods.org or call Barbara at 313-891-2514 with your requests or questions.

Grammy nominees, Knight and Kresge Artists, and other award-winning, extraordinary musicians highlight the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series 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. 

The concerts for 2022, health guidelines permitting, will held in beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces in Palmer Woods during the spring and summer. And hopefully, a new venue will be added: concerts in the historic Palmer Park Log Cabin (a Victorian home enveloped with rustic logs). Enjoy exquisite architecture and landscape design, and meet other music lovers for fun, entertainment and and memorable experienced. We also hope to resume indoor concerts when it is safer to do so.

Ticket holders will receive the address and directions to the concert location 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 concertseries@palmerwoods.org or call Barbara, 313-891-2514 or 313-574-6847.

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. 

*MIH reserves the right to make program changes if necessary. Tickets are not refundable.

Tickets are not yet on sale. For more information, visit palmerwoods.org


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Friday, May 28, 2022 • 8 pm

Celebrate Memorial Holiday Weekend

Orquesta La Inspiracion, Latin Jazz

Garden 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.


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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.


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Saturday, May 28, 2022 • 8 pm

Celebrate Memorial Holiday Weekend

Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis & Band

Garden 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. 


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 8 pm

Straight Ahead

Garden 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.


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Saturday, June 25, 2021 • 4 pm and 7 pm

Concerts in the Cabin

Spencer-Marion-Isis Trio

At the Palmer Park Historic Log Cabin

 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.


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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. 


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Saturday, July 23, 2022 • 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 is a 2020 Kresge Arts Fellow.

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.


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TENTATIVE DATE:

Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 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. 


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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.


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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. 


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SOLD OUT

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!)! 


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SOLD OUT

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.


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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.

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Mario Morrowmariomorrow.com313-800-5973       Dr. Paul Benson doctorbewell.com 248-544-9300 

Spencerbarefield.com 313-891-2514 barbarabarefield.com 313-574-6847Jazzy Nights, Classical Days wrcjfm.org      detroitperforms.org

blossomsbirmingham.com 248-644-4411


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Detroit's Historic Palmer Woods

Palmer Woods

Woodward Avenue & Seven Mile Road

Detroit, MI 48203

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