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A. Spencer Barefield Quintet

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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.

altMcMurray’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.

altOscar 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


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altWalking Garden Tour 
Sat., July 19 •  10 am~4 pm

Advanced tickets, $15. Day of tour tickets, $20 (purchase at Tour entrance, Strathcona just north of Seven Mile in the white tent). 

Tour six beautiful gardens, including the stunning gardens at the Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel home, the B & D Garden Design home, and several other spectacular gardens. Enjoy a summer day in historic Palmer Woods wandering through the private grounds of homeowners who love gardening, flowers and plants. Beverages will be served at each botanical paradise and light refreshments at some. This is a walking tour. We will give you a map, a wristband, and suggested routes. Go at your own pace (knowing that the gardens will close at 4 pm). There are docents at each home.

On Saturday, July 19, day of the Garden Tour, you may purchase tickets at our Garden Tour entrance located at 19145 Strathcona (it is a green space between two homes) just north of Seven Mile on the west side of the street, beginning at 10 am. Look for the white tent. Ticketholders will check in at this locations as well. Buy tickets now.

Soirée Friday, July 18 •  6~9 pm
Strolling Supper & Tour of Home & Garden • $75
The Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House
Sold out, but you can place your name on the waitlist (additional tickets may be released the week pending weather). Add you name to the waitlist now.


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