Palmer Woods Music in Homes Series

Palmer Woods Music in Homes Series

Mansions, Castles, Cool Homes Great Music

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Detroit’s historic neighborhood Palmer Woods toots its horn, strums its strings, and draws sellout crowds to its jazz, classical and world music concerts held in its historic homes. The first concert of the Palmer Woods Music in Homes featuring Blues queen Thornetta Davis on Saturday, December 26 (day after Christmas), is almost sold out, and the sales are lively for the eight additional concerts in the series. Concert tickets, $35 each, are available at or by calling 313-891-2514 for information. Discounts for groups and series tickets are available.

The 2009-2010 Lineup for Palmer Woods Music in Homes:

Saturday, Dec. 26, 8 pm
Thornetta Davis Trio with jazz stars A. Spencer Barefield, guitar, and Don Mayberry, bass
The holidays would certainly be blue without Motor City Blues Queen Thornetta Davis to warm things up in a breathtaking Old English Castle. Davis’s powerful voice has helped keep the local Blues, R&B and Soul scene alive and earned her a spot in the Detroit Music Hall of Fame.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 pm
Dwight Adams Ensemble Mardi Gras Celebration
When Dwight Adams calls out Mardi Gras on his trumpet, it connects the entire history of jazz from old New Orleans up to today. A regular in Stevie Wonder’s touring band, Adams will lead his ensemble in an authentic Mardi Gras celebration in one of our most magnificent and palatial homes.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 7 pm

alt textViolinists Joe Striplin and Velda Kelly, bassist Rick Robinson,
and violist John Madison

Lotus Ensemble: Violinists Joe Striplin and Velda Kelly, bassist Rick Robinson, and violist John Madison
Great composers such as Duke Ellington, William Grant Still,  Scott Joplin and Detroit’s own Rick Robinson receive the spotlight with this quartet of Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre string players in an exquisitely-crafted Tudor. The Takeaway’s new star national radio host Celeste Headlee, Grant Still’s granddaughter, will join us.

Saturday, March 27, 8 pm
Nadim Dlaikan’s Dearborn Traditional Ensemble
Some of the best Middle Eastern music in the world can be heard in Detroit. Flutist Nadim Dlaikan, oud player Abdu Karim Bader and tabla player Mustapha Atat share the beautiful melodies and rhythms of their ancestors. Their talent has graced the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and we now can enjoy it in the aura of an elegant, spacious manor in Palmer Woods.

Sat., April 24, 8 pm
Orquesta La Inspiracion
Led by Puerto Rican-born congero Ozzie Rivera and music director-pianist Bill Meyer, Orquesta La Inspiration is the hottest Latin band in the Motor City. This 10-piece unit, featuring the golden voices of Mickey Figueroa and Armando Vega, fuses local salsa and jazz veterans into a musical tour de force.

Saturday, May 22, 8 pm
Flutist Eric Lamb & Pianist Paul Vasile
Celebrate Spring with Mozart, Schubert, Doppler, Bach, Debussy, Barber and Saint-Saens. These classic masters will come to life with Lamb and Vasile’s masterful interpretations in a stunning hall, surrounded by stained glass and especially designed for chamber music.

Jazz Fest in the Woods at Frank Lloyd Wright-Turkel home
Fri. & Sat., June 25-26, 8 pm

Sunday, June 27, 2 pm
Spencer Barefield & Friends
Acclaimed jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield joins with Juno award winner bassist Dave Young and drummer Djallo Keita to team up with three of Detroit’s jazz greats.

Friday: Rayse Biggs Tribute to Trumpet Masters
Biggs, a dynamic horn player who’s worked with Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, will play their works and that of Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown and more.

Saturday: Grooving with Sax Virtuoso David McMurray
Recording artist and sideman to Bob James, Kid Rock and Kem, McMurray will play Barefield originals and works by Monk, Mingus, Coltrane and more.

Sunday: Horn Master Wendell Harrison
This Sun Ra alumnus and cofounder of the legendary Tribe, has worked with jazz giants Grant Green, Eddie Harris and many others. Recently he’s been performing with Carl Craig and Tribe.

Long considered to be one of Michigan’s premiere communities, Palmer Woods actively works to preserve and enrich the quality of life in Detroit. The concerts help raise funds for neighborhood preservation and improvements, as well as support the arts and project a positive and creative image about Detroit. Performance are held in different historic Palmer Woods mansions, castles and cool homes each month through June. The “concert halls” have included homes designed by legendary architects Minoru Yamasaki, Albert Kahn, Richard Marr and others. Many of the homes have never been open to the public. Two non-profits, the Palmer Woods Association (501c4) and the Creative Arts Collective (a 30-year-old Detroit-based 501c3 directed by Palmer Woods residents Spencer and Barbara Barefield) join hands to present the third year of this series.

Concerts are produced by the Creative Arts Collective. The Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective present Palmer Woods Music in Homes to strengthen our neighborhood and Detroit’s image, showcase Palmer Woods as a wonderful place to live and visit, and enrich the quality of life and cultural environment in our city. Concerts are supported in part by Be Well Medical Center in Berkley, Barefield DesignWorks, Blossoms in Birmingham, Elegance by Design in Ferndale and DMC-Sinai Grace Hospital.