Barbara and Spencer Barefield, through their nonprofit arts organization Creative Arts Collective, have been producing concerts
in Detroit and around the world — including a 13-year-award-winning series at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 'Day of Discovery' concerts
at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the current Palmer Woods Music in Homes concert series, and much more.

The 2014-15 Palmer Woods Music in Homes series is described below.  The video above was shot by Creative Voice at the Black History Jazz Concert for children on February 28, 2015. It was followed that evening with a concert for an adult audience featuring the Charles Boles Quartet (read more below).

To sign up for the Palmer Woods Music in Homes email list, contact

 Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective with support from Be Well Medical CenterBarefield DesignWorks, 
Blossoms BirminghamCity Living DetroitDMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, and WRCJ-FM present
Palmer Woods Music in Homes 
2014-15 was the 8th year of the series
The 2015-16 series will be announced in October and links to tickets will be added here

Jazz, classical and world music concerts in
majestic homes in Historic Palmer Woods!

Palmer Woods Music in Homes presents world-acclaimed musicians who live in or have a strong connection to Detroit. The concerts are held in architecturally treasures — homes and gardens in Detroit's Historic Palmer Woods neighborhood. All concerts include the opportunity to see a portion of the home and a reception during intermission with a delicious dinner and desserts.

For more info, email or call 313-891-2514 or 313-574-6847 

Ticket holders will receive the address and directions to the concert site via email after purchase of tickets, about a week prior to the concert. Online ticket holders will also receive an electronic ticket that may be print. Names of ticket holders will be at the door of the concert. Tickets are not refundable.

GROUP DISCOUNT: If you are ordering 10 or more tickets to a single concert, click on the phrase 'Enter promotional code' (directly above the button that says 'Order Now' near the bottom of the ticket order section). Enter the word Group to receive $5 off each ticket. 

To purchase tickets via the mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check made out to Palmer Woods Association and a note with your name, address, phone number, email, and how many tickets you are ordering and for which concert. 
Mail to Palmer Woods Association, 19550 Argyle Crescent, Detroit, MI 48203

Armond Jackson Quintet featuring A. Spencer Barefield 
Saturday, December 27, 2014 • 8 pm

Armond Jackson. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Alvin Waddles at Palmer Woods Music in Homes 2015. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Charles Boles. Photo ©John Osler

Jannina Norpoth. Photo ©Ryan Scherb

Maria Meirelles. Photo courtesy of musician

Michéle Ramo World Jazz Ensemble. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

Luther Keith Blues Band. Photo courtesy of musician

Ralphe Armstong. Photo ©Barbara Barefield

The kickoff of our 8th year of Palmer Woods Music in Homes was a holiday celebration that was supposed to feature famed jazz and gospel vocalist Armond Jackson. Ilness at the last minute prevented his performance, but beloved songstress Shahida Nurullah joined the ensemble. She performed with 2014 Kresge Arts Fellow Gayelynn McKinney on drums, bassist Marion Hayden, pianist Kamau Kenyatta and guitarist A. Spencer Barefield.

This evening of incredible vocal and instrumental jazz gathers some of the Detroit-area's finest talent. Jackson has performed or worked with composer Rudy Hawkins, Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison, Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theater of Harlem, The Five Blind Boys, Tremaine Hawkins, Stephanie Mills, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and many others.

From traditional to contemporary selections, Jackson can be heard Sunday mornings from 6-7 am on WRCJ-FM 90.9. His show (and our concert on Dec. 27!) offers music which ministers to the whole person: mind, body and spirit. 

Join us for a champagne toast, ­delicious food and a memorable concert to celebrate the New Year in a majestic room designed for chamber music­. Soaring carved wooden walls and ­a bay window stage with sparkling leaded, stained glass surround this enchanting space.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 • 8 pm

Alvin Waddles & His Fats Waller Review 
Mardi Gras Celebration

For our Mardi Gras Celebration, the great pianist/vocalist Alvin Waddles plays the music of stride piano jazz legends Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and others. Bassist Marion Hayden, saxophonist Gene Parker, and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita will join him. 

Experience an evening of rich jazz history with a creole-style feast during intermission—jambalaya, red beans, rice, corn bread and the Mardi Gras masks and decor will get you in the spirit for a joyous celebration!

The versatile Waddles won rave reviews for his central roles in "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Too Hot to Handel." His unique style has taken him Barbados, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona, Ghana, West Africa and other international stages. He has also traveled extensively as musical director/pianist for Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors), and has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Brazeal Dennard, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Placido Domingo, George Shirley, Marcus Belgrave, Jack Jones, Haley Westenra, Stephanie Mills and Tramaine Hawkins.

Concert Sponsor: City Living Detroit
Saturday, February 28, 2015 • 8 pm
Black History Month Jazz Tribute 
Charles Boles Quintet

Our annual Black History concert stars outstanding pianist/composer Charles Boles with guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, Robert Hurst on bass, and drummer Renell Gonsalves (son of jazz tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves of the Duke Ellington band). When Boles was 5, his mom’s cousin, Fats Waller, told her to get her son on the piano. Now in his 80s, Boles was mentored by the best—Barry Harris—and went on to play with music legends such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Donald Byrd, Dinah Washington, BB King and many others. Wow, we are in for a treat.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 8 pm
Jannina Barefield Norpoth &
Maria Meirelles

A Palmer Woods homecoming concert with violinist Jannina Barefield Norpoth, who will return to her childhood home to perform with Brazilian-born piano virtuoso Maria Meirelles. A soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra twice while in her teens, Jannina now performs with the New York-based PUBLIQuartet, who performed in the 2014 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and will debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2015. A versatile musician, she has performed with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Pherell, Regina Carter, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Amy Grant, My Brightest Diamond and many others in the pop, jazz and indie rock world. 

Meirelles has appeared in concert under the baton of many notable maestri, including Arthur Fiedler, Sixten Ehrling and Gyora ­Bernstein. Her distinguished career has won her national honors and critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and Latin America, where she often performs. She widely known for her mastery of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and the music of Franz Liszt.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 8 pm
Michéle Ramo World Jazz Ensemble
with Heidi Hepler

Italian guitarist/violinist Michéle Ramo, winner of the 2013 Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding World Artist/Group,” will lead the Michelé Ramo World Jazz Ensemble with vocalist Heidi Hepler. Bassist Jeff Pedraz, percussionists Miguel Gutierrez and Larry Fratangelo, and John Gallo on seven-string guitar and Cavaquinho (a small, four-stringed guitar resembling a ukulele, popular in Brazil and Portugal) will join the husband-wife duo to will create vibrant sounds blending elements of  Traditional and Gypsy Jazz, Cuban Montuno, Flamenco and various Brazilian styles, such as Afro-Samba, Choros and Chorinhos, and Bossa Nova.

Ramo began his career as a classical violinist, beginning at age 17 working with the Italian State Opera House and then with various Italian state symphonies. At age 23, he moved to New York—and then Detroit—as he fell in love with jazz and began performing with some of the best. Ramo met Helpler in 1994 in Italy where the vocalist—proficient in more than six languages—was performing. After touring to rave reviews in Europe, and then in New York, the couple eventually returned to Detroit.

Concert Sponsor: Be Well Medical Center
Saturday, May 30, 2015 • 8 pm

Orquesta La Inspiracion

Our annual Latin Jazz World Music concert is always a favortie. Pianist Bill Meyer leads a large ensemble featuring a hot horn section, explosive percussions and soulful vocals with Armando Vega and Dulce Checkler. The rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz make this one of our concerts for dancing in aisles and swaying in seats.

A gourmet Latin-style feast served during intermission is prepared by our own Eva Garza Dewaelsche. This festive event is held in a tent set in the beautiful backyard ­gardens of a resplendent Palmer Woods home.  

Palmer Woods Blues & Jazz Fest

Friday, June 26, 2015 • 8 pm
Luther 'Badman' Keith Blues Band

Palmer Woods resident Luther “Badman" Keith and his Blues Band will rock the tent, taking listeners on a sonic journey across America. Mixing Latin and Afro grooves and bending the blues in his personal, funky way, vocalist/ Keith will be joined with Mickey Atkins on keyboards, Rick Gould on drums, Billy Furman on saxophone, flute and harmonica; Mark Croft on trumpet and Paul Big Daddy Baker on bass.

Concert Sponsor: DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
Saturday, June 27, 2015 • 8 pm 
Ralphe Armstrong Quintet 

Two Grammy nominees will join the stage with Palmer Woods jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield. Bass virtuoso Ralphe Armstrong—who joined the John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra at age 16 and has gone on to work with a huge roster of musical greats—will perform with fellow Grammy nominee, pianist Gary Schunk, another A-List jazzman. Gayelynn McKinney on drums and saxophonist Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, will round out this stellar ensemble for an evening of original and classical jazz to close out the concert series.

All concerts include delicious food and beverages 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 concert. Tickets are not refundable. Palmer Woods Music in Homes reserves the right to make program changes if necessary.