To read about the 2017-2018 series, click here.

Music In Homes LAST SEASON 2015-16

Click here to read about 2016-17 series


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

Thank you to our sponsors.
Email to add your name to our email list.

City Living logo

Major Concert Sponsor & Free Concerts for Children sponsor Austin Black, 313-242-7800

Dr. Paul Benson 248-544-9300

3cac_logo 313-891-2514


Barbara K. Barefield 313-574-6847

WRCJ logo

Jazzy Nights, Classical Days




blossoms logo 248-644-4411



Click here for Tickets for 2016-2017 Series! Click here for all Palmer Woods 2016-17 events, here to join the MIH email list and here for a brochure.

All tickets must be purchased in advance • Limited seating • Early purchase advised • No tickets at the door • Tickets are not refundable.
Use your credit card to purchase online, mail order or call 313-891-2514. All our concerts and the Home Tour sell out, so order early!

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 (click here), 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

PAST CONCERTS from 2015-2016

Sat. Dec. 26, 2015 •  8 pm

A. Spencer Barefield, Marion Hayden, Djallo Keita

James Carter photo by ©Barbara Barefield

James Carter photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Join us for the kickoff of our 9th year of Palmer Woods Music in Homes with a pre-New Year’s Eve ­holiday celebration featuring Detroit’s international saxophone sensation, James Carter.  It is rare to hear Carter in intimate settings as he fills enormous theaters around the world. 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.

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 new 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.

Detroit Free Press Mark Stryker describes Carter and Barefield’s 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival performance, “It was nice to see Detroit guitarist Spencer Barefield … giving the group a slightly edgier profile … James Carter played as he always does, which is to say he had enough gusto … to blow down the One Campus Martius building nearby.”

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.

Sat, Jan 30, 2016 • 8 pm
Taslimah Bey’s Mardi Gras Ragtime Band

P1102247.Taslimah Bey in her Rochester Hills townhouse. Shot for OU Mag

Taslimah Bey’s Ragtime Band will bring the sounds of New Orleans to our January 30 concert.

Jazz history comes alive when accomplished Ragtime pianist Taslimah Bey plays the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, and New Orleans. Her all-star quartet features big bandleader, saxophonist Ben Pruitt, bassist Marion Hayden, and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita. Bey, Detroit’s resident Ragtime master, was mentored by and has performed with Charlie Gabriel, leader of the famed New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as the late, great Marcus Belgrave, and others. A creole-style feast during intermission—complete with jambalaya, red beans, rice, and corn bread—will get you in the spirit for a joyous concert in one of our most palatial homes! Dress up in your favorite Mardi Gras masks and attire if you desire.

Sat, Feb 20, 2016 • 8pm
Black History Month Jazz Tribute

Dobbins-Krahnke Weed-Barefield Quartet

Sean Dobbins photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Sean Dobbins photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Our annual Black History Month concert features an outstanding lineup: drummer Sean Dobbins, bassist Kurt Krahnke, pianist Tad Weed, and guitarist A. Spencer Barefield. Award-winning percussionist Dobbins is known for his work with jazz greats such as Louis Smith, Benny Golson, Joey DeFrancesco, and many more. Dobbins and Barefield can be heard on the new Blue Note Records “Detroit Jazz City.” Weed is a powerhouse who has toured and recorded internationally with such legends as Carmen McCrae, Charles Lloyd, John Pattitucci, Woody Herman and others. Krahnke is also know for his work with jazz and blues heavy-hitters, including Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Leon Thomas and others. This concert will pay tribute to preeminent 20th century Black Jazz composers, such as Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.

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.

Sat, March 19, 8 pm
Victor Ghannam World Music Quartet

Victor Ghannam photo by ©Zack Daoud

Victor Ghannam photo by ©Zack Daoud

Crossing genres from Middle Eastern, to jazz, Flamenco, rock ’n roll, and exotic belly dancing music, Victor Ghannam’s dazzling command on the oud and qanoun has earned him worldwide recognition. He’s performed throughout the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, including appearances on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, and with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “Sounds of Babylon” series. A founder of the National Arab Orchestra, he’ll perform with fellow members, famed Iraqi-born violinist Qusay Al-Ali, Ons Boukraa, one of Tunisia’s premier percussionists, and Gursharan Yash Singh Sandhu. Born in India, Sandhu plays the riq, as well as the Hindustani tabla and Carnatic mridangam, percussion instruments of classical Indian music with ancient Hindu traditions. It will be an evening filled with hypnotic sounds and global magic.

Saturday, April 9, 8 pm


Curtis Stewart, Jannina Barefield Norpoth, Amanda Gookins and Nick Revel of PUBLIQuartet photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker and “Leaders of the New School” by Symphony Magazine, PUBLIQuartet’s creativity lends a fresh perspective to the classical music scene. Known for their technical mastery and joyful performances, PUBLIQuartet (PQ) incorporates classical and contemporary works, original compositions, and improvisations. Often collaborating with young composers, they are dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet.

Detroit-born violinist Jannina Barefield Norpoth had an early classical start, soloing twice with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in her teens. She is now based in New York, working with PQ musicians: violinist Curtis Stewart, violist Nick Revel and cellist Amanda Gookin. An award-winning ensemble, PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s 2013 New Music/New Places Ensemble. In 2015, PQ received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and sold-out their debut recital at Carnegie Hall. PQ has performed in diverse venues and programs, from Lincoln Center and SubCulture to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dizzy’s Club, Newport Jazz Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and the Music of Now festival at Symphony Space. They have collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Nadia Sirota, and amazing jazz artists, Billy Childs, Bob Stewart, and Don Byron.

Sat., May 21, 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

It’s no wonder our annual Latin Jazz World Music concert is 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, well respected Latino bassist Eddie Caraballo, and soulful vocals, including the charismatic, dynamic team of Armando Vega and Dulce Checkler. 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. Festivities are held in a tent in a beautiful Palmer Woods ­garden, with a very tasty Latin-style meal served during intermission.

VIDEO: 2015 Orquestra La Inspiracion Click here to view

Fri, June 17, 8 pm • Garden Concert*

Planet D Nonet (PD9)
South Africa Project

Planet D Nonet photo by ©Kyla Dorsey Pedrez

PD9’s Township Jazz Project focuses on great South African jazz artists, including Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, the Brotherhood of Breath, Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi and others. It’s an exciting mix of Apartheid-era Township African melodies and rhythms, with some avant garde leaning soloists. Musicians include saxophonists Justin Jozwiak, Daniel Bennett, and Joshua James, co-bandleader James O’Donnell on trumpet and percussion, trumpeter Ken Ferry, trombonist John Tbone Paxton, pianist Phillip Hale, Damon Warmack on electric bass, Akunda Hollis on djembe, and bandleader percussionist RJ Spangler. Well known 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. With O’Donnell, Spangler is the guiding force behind PD9, an incredibly busy band known for playing swing, blues, space-age jazz and classic American songs.

Saturday, June 18, 8 pm &
Sunday, June 19, 2 pm • 
Garden Concert*

Blues to Broadway, Jazz & Beyond:
David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier photo by ©Barbara Barefield

David Alan Grier photo by ©Barbara Barefield

A. Spencer Barefield photo by ©Barbara Barefield

A. Spencer Barefield photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Marion Hayden photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Broadway, film, comedy and TV star David Alan Grier returns to his hometown Detroit for this very special concert. Grier’s mastery of Mississippi Delta Blues and songs by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters may come as a surprise, but his steel guitar and thundering voice evoke an authenticity few can attain. He is equally powerful in the American Songbook jazz tradition, and will certainly include works from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess—he played Sportin’ Life in the recent Broadway production, for which he received a Tony nomination and accolades from The New York Times: “stand-out role of the rakish, drug-dealing Sportin’ Life.”

Grier’s Detroit band includes internationally recognized virtuoso musicians: guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, bassist Marion Hayden, and drummer Djallo Keita. Grier and Barefield recently performed together in San Francisco’s “Night at the Blackhawk” concerts, a reunion for the two whose friendship goes back to childhood.

Grier is a three-time Tony and Grammy nominee for his work in The First (he starred as baseball legend Jackie Robinson), RACE, and Porgy and Bess. Trained in Shakespeare at Yale School of Drama, where he received an MFA, Grier has had starring roles in Dreamgirls, A Soldiers Play, and others in film, theatre and TV. He’s won Emmys for his work with the cutting-edge comedy TV shows In Living Color and his Comedy Central Chocolate News.

He has been in many top movies with stars such as Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington, and currently stars in the new NBC TV hit, The Carmichael Show. In early December 2015, Grier starred as the Cowardly Lion in the TV musical extravaganza The Wiz with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and other superstars.

The Music in Homes grand finale is sure to be a stunning weekend. Be sure to help us give David a warm Detroit homecoming.

* 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.