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RESERVE TICKETS: or 313-891-2514

Children, students, teachers and adult chaperones (priority seating will be given to students, with limited number of seats allocated for parents and chaperones) are invited to two jazz concerts at private homes in the Palmer Woods neighborhood of Detroit (just north of Seven Mile Rd. and just west of Woodward Ave). The address will be provided the week of the concert for all who have reservations.

These educational concerts are geared for a young audience (there are adult concerts that evening, 8 pm, tickets can be purchased at ) and feature some of the Detroit area’s most accomplished musicians who have worldwide acclaim.

The concerts are most appropriate for children from 4th grade through high school level (college-level students are also welcome). For younger groups, we’ll need adult chaperones to participate and all children must be able to be part of a quiet, attentive audience. Priority seating will be given to students.

To reserve seats for your group, please click here. Seating is ­limited and is on a first-come basis, so we encourage you to reserve seats as early as possible. Please do honor your reservation and attend the concert so we do not turn away others because we have saved your seats. We do not wish any empty seats and seating is limited.

If you have any questions, email
or call Barbara, 313-891-2514 or 313-574-6847

Educational Concerts for Children!

Saturday, February 24 • 5-6 pm
Honoring Black History Month

A. Spencer Barefield, guitar
Ian Finkelstein, piano
Marcus Elliot & Rafael Statin, saxophones
Jeff Pedraz, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums

This homage to Black Music features an ensemble of extraordinary musicians of multiple generations who will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz from bebop to avant garde. Brimming with imagination and integrity, these musicians have improvisational chops rooted in deep knowledge of the classics of jazz, enabling them to perform challenging compositions by the recently departed piano masters Muhal Richard Abrams and Geri Allen, as well as works by Monk, Coltrane, Barefield and others.

The concert will feature decades of works by Barefield commissioned by the Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Arts Midwest, Arts International, MCACA, Arts Foundation of Michigan, and elsewhere. His music is lauded by Downbeat Magazine: “Barefield’s synthesis of African string music, jazz, and timbrel investigations…coupled with his compositional versatility, merits special consideration…he is nothing less than captivating.”

Saturday, March 24 • 5-6 pm

Pamela Wise, piano/vocals • Wendell Harrison, saxophone/clarinet
Naima Shambourger, vocals • Damon Warmack, bass
Akunda Hollis
, percussion • Louis M. Jones, drums

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, with a specific focus on West Africa, including Congo, Mali, Benin and Nigeria,” states Kresge Arts in Detroit, awarding Wise with the prestigious 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship.

Dan Ouellette of Downbeat Magazine praises, “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.”

Wise will perform original works from her newest recording A New Message from the Tribe with clarinet / saxophone guru and husband Wendell Harrison, the sultry, soulful, jazzy vocalist Naima Shamborguer, and a smoking Afro-Cuban rhythm section.

Now in its 11th season, Palmer Woods Music in Homes begins in December and concludes in June, in various magnificent and historically significant homes. The program now includes several free afternoon programs for Detroit-area children. Our goal is to share our valuable assets — Detroit’s great music and architectural/artistic residential “concert halls” — with our other valuable assets, our children!

We hope these special, intimate concerts will help to inspire our young musicians and children to become lifelong music lovers and future supporters of the arts; and perhaps sitting in our audience will be future Detroit stars, who will also share their talents with the next generation.

Thank you to our sponsors.

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Barbara K. Barefield 313-574-6847

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