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Music In Homes 2017-2018

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Jazz, Classical & World Music in
Mansions and Historic Homes

A series of eight concerts featuring world-class, Detroit rooted musical artists
All concerts include delicious food, beverages & desserts

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Click here to purchase tickets online ($50-$60) for the 2018 Series!
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All tickets must be purchased in advance • Limited seating • Early purchase advised • No tickets at the door • No Refunds

Use your credit card to purchase online, mail order or call 313-891-2514. All our concerts sell out, so order early!
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VIP tickets: $10 more per ticket provides limited reserved seating in front rows with additional leg room, and early admission to the concert.
FRIENDS & FAMILY DISCOUNT  Order 10 or more tickets to a single concert in one order:$5 discount per ticket. Use the Promotional Code: Group.

Each concert includes a reception with refreshments. Locations of homes will be emailed the week of the concert with a map and parking directions, or mailed if the order is purchased via mail. We regret that tickets are not refundable; when possible we will try to exchange them for a future concert.

TICKETS BY MAIL: Mail your order with a self-addressed stamped envelope and check to the Palmer Woods Association. Send to PWA c/o Barbara Barefield, 19550 Argyle Crescent, Detroit, MI 48203. Include one of the following: (1) ticket order form from the brochure , or (2) enclose a note with your name, address, email, phone number and number of tickets and for which concert(s). Don’t forget the self-addressed stamped envelope!

If you have more questions, please call Barbara or Spencer Barefield, 313-891-2514
or email concertseries@palmerwoods.org
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Saturday, February 24 • 8 pm
Honoring Black History Month
A. SPENCER BAREFIELD SEXTET

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

A. Spencer Barefield. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Marcus Elliot. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Rafael Statin. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

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 and beyond, from the 20th century to the present. 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 and others.

The concert will also featuring 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 critic Bill Shoemaker: “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.” Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Saturday, March 24 • 8 pm
PAMELA WISE

WORLD MUSIC SEXTET

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

Wendell Harrison. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Naima Shamborguer. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

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. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Sunday, April 29 • 7 pm
EASON TRIO

Patricia Ross-Terry, harp
Velda Kelly, violin • Nadine Deleury, cello

Harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, violinist Velda Kelly and cellist Nadine Deleury are virtuosic, longtime members of the Michigan Opera Theatre and also perform in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. They are especially passionate about playing together in the Eason Trio, expanding the chamber music repertoire for their instruments. If you have never heard this amazing Trio and this rare pairing of harp, violin and cello, then you are in for a real treat!

Terry-Ross, recently honored with the 2017 Kresge Eminent Artist award, has peformed on some of the world’s most renowned stages, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, with luminaries such as Luciano Pavarotti, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Mathis. She has been the principal harpist at the Michigan Opera Theatre for 40 years, beginning just five years after the MOT was founded, and has performed numerous times with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her warm and vibrant sound can be heard on Motown recordings made in the 1970s with legendary stars, including Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.

Following in the footsteps of other pioneering harp stars such as Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, who honed their musical gifts at Cass Tech, Terry-Ross returned to Cass for 31 years to become an award-winning educator and director of the Harp and Vocal Ensemble, helping to empower a new generation of students to excel as artists and educators.

Co-artistic directors of the 20-year Chamber Music at the Scarab Club series, Nadine Deleury and Velda Kelly are well known for their innovative programming and outstanding performances. Principal cellist of the MOT, Deleury was born in France where she studied at the Paris Conservatory before coming to the U.S. to study at Yale University. Kelly has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a Music Assistance Fund Fellow for three seasons in the 1980s and now plays regularly with the DSO when needed. She holds music degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In 2006, the Eason Trio commissioned Naiades by University of Michigan composer Erik Santos and Water Music by Sally Lamb McCune in 2016. The Eason Trio’s MIH program will feature a variety of classical music, especially works written during the early 20th century and beyond. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Saturday, May 26, 8 pm
ORQUESTA LA INSPIRACION
Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

La Inspiracion2012notitle webOur annual Latin Jazz World Music concert is always a favorite. 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 talented and knowledgeable Latin musicians.

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 and others.

The beats of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz may entice you to dance and sway on a grassy dance floor beneath a star-studded sky. Festivities are held in a spacious tent in a Palmer Woods ­garden, with a tasty Latin-style meal served during intermission. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.

Friday, June 15, 8 pm
Planet D Nonet Salute to Strayhorn
Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

Planet D Nonet‘s tribute to Billy Strayhorn pays homage to one of the jazz and swing giants of the 20th Century. Composer-arranger Strayhorn’s (1915-67) brilliance was shadowed by his collaboration with Duke Ellington until recent years. Now, Strayhorn’s genius is more widely recognized and is featured front and center in PD9’s newest recording on the Detroit Music Factory label, A Salute to Strayhorn, which is moving up to the top of the Billboard jazz charts.

The Detroit Free Press describes PD9 as “a vibrant little-big band with an expansive repertoire…Led together by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’Donnell, the band plays this music with affection, balancing the spirit of the past with the pop of the present tense.”

Musicians include saxophonists/clarinetists Justin Jozwiak, Jim Holden and Goode Wyche III, trumpeter/vocalist/co-leader James O’Donnell, trumpeter Ken Ferry, trombonist/vocalist John Paxton, double bassist Shannon Wade, pianist Michael Zaporski, drummer/bandleader RJ Spangler, and special guest vocalist Camille Price.

Highly respected on the Detroit jazz scene, Spangler earned his first Motor City Music Award in 1982 with a band he co-founded, the Sun Messengers. After 15 years as a Messenger, RJ directed Detroit blues guitar master Johnnie Bassett’s band and travelled worldwide with him. Winners of the Detroit Music Award in 2016 for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist/Group, PD9 is widely celebrated for playing swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs with spirit, soul and a generous dose of spunk. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60. 

A Special Father’s Day Tribute Honoring Jazz Legend Harold McKinney
Saturday, June 16, 8 pm
Gayelynn McKinney McKinfolk Septet
Garden Concert (tour a portion of the home prior to concert)

Gayelynn McKinney. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Michelle McKinney. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Vincent Chandler. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Gifted, multi-genre percussionist/composer Gayelynn McKinney grew up in a home enveloped in music, a hub for some of Detroit’s most important jazz musicians. Her Dad, jazz master pianist/composer Harold McKinney, her mom, opera and jazz singer Gwendolyn Shepherd McKinney, along with jazz luminaries Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, George Davidson, Max Roach, and other friends and fellow artists, filled their home with music and passion from sunup to sundown.

By age two, Gayelynn had her own drum set, and knew her path followed the magic of music. This journey has led her to multiple awards, including the 2014 Kresge Arts Fellowship, and recently to become Aretha Franklin’s drummer. She is well known for the Grammy-nominated work with her all-female Atlantic recording jazz band Straight Ahead, and has performed as a side musician with notables such as Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Kahn, Sonny Fortune, Larry Coryell, James Carter, Regina Carter, Freda Payne, and many others. She has performed all over the globe from the Kennedy Center and 1996 Olympics, to  the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival.

On this Father’s Day weekend it is an honor to showcase Gayelynn’s McKinFolk, an ensemble that rekindles and celebrates the music and mentorship of her beloved dad, the late jazz legend Harold McKinney. “You’re gonna hear some of my father’s great compositions and have a good time just listening to the interpretations of his music.” Gayelynn told the MetroTimes preceding her performance at the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival. “It’ll be a little bit of funkiness, definitely some swinging-ness, and some wonderful, beautiful ballads that he wrote.”

Her Dad’s music, along with her own compositions and selection of jazz classics will be featured on the Palmer Woods concert, as well as on a soon to be released recording for Detroit Music Factory, McKinFolk: The New Beginning.

McKinney’s stellar group includes long time partner from Straight Ahead, bassist Marion Hayden (see page 27 for info on Hayden) vocalist and step-momMichelle McKinney, trumpeter Dwight Adams, uniquely expressive trombonist Vincent Chandler, and some of Detroit’s younger rising stars, tenor saxophonist Alex Colista and pianist Michael Malis.

It will be a perfect Father’s Day concert celebration. Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60. 


Past Concerts from 2017-2018

Saturday, December 30 • 8 pm
Pre-New Year’s Eve Party!
KATHY KOSINS & KAMAU KENYATTA QUINTET

Kathy Kosins, vocals • Kamau Kenyatta, piano
A. Spencer Barefield, guitar
Dave Young, bass • Djallo Djakate Keita, drums

Kathy Kosins. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Kathy Kosins is “one of the  most alluring voices in Jazz” according to the Chicago Tribune, and Blue Note Records President Don Was takes it up a notch, proclaiming her “one of the finest singers in the world.” An internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, composer and painter, Kosins has been filling the airwaves and concert halls with magic for decades.

Kosins will perform with an all-star band, including her new producer Kamau Kenyatta on piano. Kenyatta recently won a Grammy for producing famed jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s newest recording, following three Grammy nominations with Porter. A superb saxophonist as well as keyboardist, Kenyatta is also well established as a film composer and educator currently at University of California San Diego.

Creating the holiday spirit with Kosins and Kenyatta will be guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, bassist Dave Young (Canadian Juno awardee who performed with Oscar Peterson for decades), and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita.

Saturday, February 3 • 8 pm
Mardi Gras Celebration
ALVIN WADDLES & Fats Waller Review

Alvin Waddles, piano/vocals • John Douglas, trumpet
Marion Hayden, bass • Djallo Djakate Keita, drums
 The festivities include a delicious light meal, gourmet pastries and desserts, and sparkling wine for a pre-New Year’s Eve toast. Tickets: $60; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $70.

Pianist Alvin Waddles, trumpeter John Douglas and bassist Marion Hayden. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

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 Keita.

The concert includes a delicious creole-style meal with favorites such as jambalaya, red beans, rice and corn bread. Mardi Gras attire encouraged! Tickets: $50; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $60.


 Past Concerts from 2016-2017

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Music In Homes 2016-2017

PW-Concert-LogocropJazz, Classical & World Music in
Mansions and Historic Homes

A series of eight concerts featuring world-class, Detroit rooted musical artists
All concerts include delicious food, beverages & desserts

Email concertseries@palmerwoods.org to add your name to our email list.

Friday, December 30, 2016 • 8 pm
Pre-New Year’s Eve Celebration
CARLA COOK QUARTET

A. Spencer Barefield, Marion Hayden, Djallo Keita

Carla Cook photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Celebrate New Year’s Eve a night early at our 10th season kickoff of Palmer Woods Music in Homes. Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Carla Cook is a “straight ahead jazz diva with a gospel soul, big band heart, classical cool and improvisational hot. And what a beautiful voice,” raves JazzTimes. Internationally acclaimed, Cook is a native Detroiter and Cass Tech grad based in New York with her longtime collaborators, famed violinist Regina Carter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut. An all-star ensemble will accompany Cook: guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, bassist Dave Young (Canadian Juno awardee who performed with Oscar Peterson for decades), and percussionist Sean Dobbins. The festivities include a delicious light meal, gourmet pastries and desserts, and sparkling wine. This concert promises to be a very special evening of stellar traditional and contemporary jazz. Share a champagne toast, ­delicious food, and memorable music to ­celebrate the New Year in a majestic room designed for chamber music­. Soaring carved wooden walls and ­a bay window stage with sparkling stained glass surround this enchanting space inside an ­English Tudor built in 1925. Tickets: $60/VIP: $70

Sat. January 28, 8 pm: Mardi Gras Celebration
Alvin Waddles & Fats Waller Review

Alvin Waddles photo by ©Barbara Barefield

An evening of rich jazz history comes alive when pianist/vocalist Alvin Waddles tickles those ivories and plays the music of stride and ragtime legends Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and other greats. Bassist Marion Hayden, saxophonist Gene Parker and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita round out this superb quartet. Waddles won glowing reviews for his central roles in “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Too Hot to Handel.” He served as musical director/pianist for Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly the Three Mo’ Tenors), and worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Robert Shaw, Brazeal Dennard, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Placido Domingo, George Shirley, Marcus Belgrave, Tramaine Hawkins, and others. Don a mask and costume to really get in the spirit, if you wish. During intermission, fill your plate with creole-style favorites—jambalaya, red beans, rice, corn bread.

Saturday, February 25, 8 pm
Black History Month Jazz Tribute:
Dave McMurray  Trio Plus

Bassist Ibrahim Jones and saxophonist Dave McMurray. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

This tribute to jazz giants features the thundering Dave McMurray on sax, Ibrahim Jones on bass, Jeffrey Canady on drums, plus A. Spencer Barefield on guitar.

The musicians will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz, widely considered to be America’s true Classical Music genre.

Music Director and featured soloist with Motown artist KEM, McMurray also has toured with Bob James, pianist Geri Allen, composer Mark Isham, Algerian Räi artist Cheb Khalid, and most recently with French pop star Johnny Hallyday. He performed and recorded with the eclectic funk band Was (Not Was) and with Kid Rock; he’s recorded with the Rolling Stones, B 52’s, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Temptations, Patti Smith, Bootsy Collins, and many others.

Sat, March 25, 8 pm
Wendell Harrison World Music
Quintet featuring Pathe Jassi

Pathe Jasse. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Pathe Jasse. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Wendell Harrison. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Jazz master saxophonist/clarinetist Wendell Harrison, African bassist/vocalist Pathe Jassi, pianist/2016 Kresge Arts Fellow Pamela Wise, guitarist Jacob Schwandt and drummer Louis Jones III will explore jazz and its African rhythms, as they perform original compositions, as well as music from Senegal, the Caribbean, and New Orleans. The concert will contrast the different approaches to expression of Black life, and also define and illuminate rhythms from the three music idioms—Blues, Reggae, and Samba—which tell stories of African linkage and various cultures of the African diaspora.

Saturday, April 29, 8 pm
Classical Pianist Maria Meirelles &
Violinist Jannina Norpoth

Jannina Barefield Norpoth. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Pianist Maria Meirelles.

Pianist Maria Meirelles.

Celebrate springtime with Brazilian-born piano virtuoso Maria Meirelles and New York violinist Jannina Barefield Norpoth. Praised for her eloquent style, beautiful tone and brilliant technique, Meirelles has received acclaim throughout the U.S. and Latin America. She is widely known for her mastery of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas. Norpoth, who grew up in Palmer Woods, performs with the innovative New York-based PQ (PUBLIQuartet), who debuted at Carnegie Hall and are the 2016-17 Quartet-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. She has performed with PQ at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and throughout the U.S. Repertoire will include Sonata(s) by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Nico Muhly, a surprise guest to perform a tribute to Duke Ellington’s 118th birthday with Norpoth, and more.

Saturday, May 20, 8 pm • Garden Concert*
Orquesta La Inspiracion

Concert Sponsor: Be Well Medical Center
Orquesta La Inspiracion photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Orquesta La Inspiracion photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Our annual Latin Jazz World Music concert is always a favorite. 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 talented and knowledgeable Latin musicians.

In addition to Meyer on piano, La Inspiracion features a hot horn section led by saxophonist Chris Kaercher with trombonist Steve Hunter and trumpeter Ken Ferry; explosive percussions driven by top Latin musicians Miguel Gutierrez on timbales, Luis Hernandez on bongos, and Bobby Guzman on congas and vocals; plus Latino bassist Eddie Caraballo and soulful vocals with the dynamic Dulce Checkler and and special guest jazzy songstress Audrey Northington. The rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz are sure to entice the audience to dance and sway out of their seats, and on a star-filled evening the lawn will be the dance floor.

The beats of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz may entice you to dance and sway on a grassy dance floor beneath a star-studded sky. Festivities are held in a spacious tent in a Palmer Woods ­garden, with a tasty Latin-style meal lovingly prepared by our own Eva Garza Dewaelsche and served during intermission.

You may tour the home prior to the concert at 7:30 pm.

Friday, June 16, 8 pm • Garden Concert*
James Carter Quartet

A. Spencer Barefield, Marion Hayden, Djallo Keita

James Carter. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

International saxophone sensation James Carter fills enormous festivals and concert halls around the world, so it is a rare treat to hear him in a more intimate setting. Extraordinarily virtuosic, Carter soloed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi in 2002 and 2003, performing a saxophone concerto written for him and commissioned by the DSO, which he since has performed with major orchestras worldwide. He crosses boundaries in both the jazz and classical worlds.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes Carter as “… among the genre’s most engaging practitioners, an improviser of boundless imagination and barnstorming energy. Whether he’s roaring or rhapsodizing, Carter is the kind of performer who makes listeners extremely grateful that they’re within earshot.”

Carter is a powerhouse saxophonists and one of the most admired musicians of his generation. Composer/guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, who describes Carter as “the John Coltrane of our era” will join him. Carter and Barefield can be heard on Blue Note Records release “Detroit Jazz City” with other legendary Detroit artists. In the 1980s-’90s, Barefield and Carter toured the world with jazz legend Lester Bowie and others. A Kresge Arts Fellow, Barefield has received numerous awards for his music. Bassist Marion Hayden and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita completes this incredible ensemble of world-acclaimed jazz stars.

Saturday, June 17, 8 pm • Garden Concert*
Broadway, Blues, Jazz & Beyond:
Miche Braden Quintet

Concert Sponsor: City Living Detroit

Miche Braden. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

A. Spencer Barefield photo by ©Barbara Barefield

A. Spencer Barefield photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Marion Hayden photo by ©Barbara Barefield

David Alan Grier, who was scheduled to perform on June 17, will be filming a new TV show and will not be able to join us in Detroit. We are thrilled to announce that Miche Braden will replace Grier. 

An extraordinary Diva who’s well known for her portrayals of Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Valaida Snow and other legends, Miche Braden is famous for her role as blues giant Bessie Smith in the award-winning sensation “The Devil’s Music, The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.” The musical, which premiered off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre in 2011, has won high praises from the New York Post to The New York Times for Braden’s portrayal of the “Empress of the Blues.”

The musical continues to thrill audiences across the country. In a recent performance, The LA Times raves, “Bessie Smith’s outsized talents — and personality — are vividly channeled through a powerhouse performance by Miche Braden.”

The New York Times describes Miche as “A big voice full of blues, bawdy and unapologetic… she knows when to let it soar and when to keep it at an insinuatingly low simmer.” Detroit-raised Braden returns home for the Palmer Woods Music in Homes grand finale concert to share her bold and brilliant talents, from devilish to angelic.

A versatile artist, actress, singer, poet and songwriter, Braden was mentored by Motown’s Thomas “Beans” Bowles, Funk Brother Earl Van Dyke and  T. Harold Bowles, in addition to Jazz Master Harold McKinney. She has sung with Milt Hinton, Lionel Hampton, Regina Carter, and James Carter. She is featured on the James Carter release “Gardenia’s for Lady Day” (Sony/Columbia), and appeared with him at Carnegie Hall. Braden is featured on CDs to be released this year by Regina Carter and Gayelynn McKinney, with whom she shared the stage in the ensemble Straight Ahead.

This will be an exciting night of music from the great divas of jazz and blues, not to mention Braden’s own fabulous compositions. Braden’s Detroit band includes virtuoso musicians: guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, pianist Buddy Budson, bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Djallo Djakate Keita. Tickets: $60; VIP seating in front rows with additional leg room: $70.

* All concerts include a delicious light dinner, beverages and dessert during intermission. Concerts in May and June are held in spacious tents set in the gardens of homes. You may tour a ­portion of the home prior to the concerts on Friday and Saturday. In the case of severe weather, Palmer Woods Music in Homes (MIH) will move the concert to the beautiful art deco Detroit Unity Temple or other appropriate nearby venue. Tickets are not refundable. MIH reserves the right to make program changes if necessary.

Click here to purchase tickets now! Tickets are not refundable.


VIDEO: 2008 Mardis Gras Celebration

Our very first Palmer Woods Music in Homes Mardi Gras Celebration in January 2008 featured the legendary clarinetist/vocalist Charlie Gabriel, who is now one of the leading members of the famed New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band.

The musical heritage of Charlie Gabriel can be traced back as far back as the 1850s. Great-grandson of New Orleans bass player Narcesse Gabriel, grandson of New Orleans cornet player Martin Joseph, and son of New Orleans drummer and clarinetist Martin Manuel Gabriel, Charlie is truly a living legend. At eighty-one (plus) years old, the extensive list of musicians with whom he’s played includes well-known PHJB alumni Kid Howard, Kid Sheik, Jim Robinson, and George Lewis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preservation_Hall_Jazz_Band

VIDEO: 2015 Orquestra La Inspiracion Click here to view