Saturday, June 25, 8 pm
A. Spencer Barefield Quintet
Palmer Woods’ intrepid musical explorer A. Spencer Barefield leads a quintet that winds through jazz from the traditional to outer limitless space. Saxophonist David McMurray, keyboardist Luis Resto, bassist Jaribu Shahid and drummer Djallo Djakate Keita collectively have accomplished careers in jazz, classical, pop, African rhythms and rap.
Barefield, whose name is nearly synonymous with the Creative Arts Collective, has been an avant-music trailblazer for more than 35 years. His guitar skills have been compared to those of luminaries Andrés Segovia and Jimi Hendrix. This 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow has also received awards for composition and performance from ArtServe Michigan-MCACA, Meet-the-Composer/ NEA Commission USA, Lila Wallace/ Reader’s Digest Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for the Arts, Arts Midwest and others. Recordings from three of the scores of groundbreaking concerts the CAC produced in cooperation with the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1989 to 1992 are now out on the Geodesic label.
McMurray’s distinguished career includes four records as a leader, and he’s worked with the likes of Geri Allen, Terrence Blanchard, Albert King, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Mark Isham, the B52s, Gladys Knight, Kem, Was (Not Was), the Rolling Stones and Kid Rock.
Oscar and Grammy award winner Resto has been rap star Eminem’s studio collaborator since 2001, in addition to work with Stevie Nicks, Mel Torme, Anita Baker and country super group the Highwaymen.
After many years living in New York City, which was his base for international tours and performances, bassist Jaribu Shahid has returned to his hometown Detroit. A regular in Barefield's ensembles at Creative Music at the Detroit Institute of Arts series from 1989-1992, Shahid has played with Sun Ra, Griot Galaxy, Art Ensemble of Chicago, David Murray, Roscoe Mitchell, Geri Allen, James Carter and many others.
Keita has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan with Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, in addition to working regularly with Detroit jazz greats Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Wendell Harrison and others.
This dynamic ensemble can take you down the Zambezi River, up the Mississippi, across the Amazon and to the banks of the Danube for tea in a cozy café before taking a courageous dip in the Hudson. It's a journey you will not forget!
Photos by ©Barbara Barefield
Photo of Luis Resto by ©Michelle Andonian