Palmer Woods Music in Homes continues its 11th year of presenting jazz, classical and world music in mansions and historic homes with a Black History Month jazz concert on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
This homage to Black music features an ensemble of extraordinary musicians of multiple generations led by guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield with Ian Finkelstein on piano, Marcus Elliot and Rafael Statin on saxophones, Jeff Pedraz on bass and Sean Dobbins on drums.
The concert takes place in an architectural gem in Detroit’s Palmer Woods — a 1927 historic Tudor Revival, overflowing with African and African American artwork. A delicious soul food-inspired meal is included. Tickets and more information at palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514.
The sextet will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz 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 virtuoso Geri Allen, as well as works by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Barefield, whose decades of work will be showcased.
Tickets for all concerts, $50 – $60, with discounts for groups of 10 or more, can be purchased at www.palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514. The address of the concert home in Palmer Woods is revealed when tickets are purchased. All concerts include receptions with delicious cuisine that reflect the musical themes.
Since the 1970s, Barefield has received numerous accolades and commissions from the Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Arts Midwest, Arts International, MCACA, Arts Foundation of Michigan, and others. 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.”
A widely acclaimed guitarist, soloist, composer and ensemble leader, A. Spencer Barefield has performed, toured and recorded extensively for nearly four decades as a ensemble leader, soloist, and with many jazz giants, including Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille and Reggie Workman. He has played at hundreds of festivals and concerts worldwide from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Nickelsdorf and Leverkusener jazz festivals in Europe. Read more: palmerwoods.org/ barefield-sextet-honoring- black-history-month/
Concerts are produced by the Creative Arts Collective with the Palmer Woods Association with the support of Be Well Medical Center in Berkley, Barefield DesignWorks, Blossoms in Birmingham, City Living Detroit, the Michigan Chronicle, DetroitPerforms. org, WRCJ 90.9FM. Music in Homes works to strengthen the Palmer Woods neighborhood and Detroit’s image, support the arts, showcase Palmer Woods as a wonderful place to live and visit, and enrich the quality of life and cultural environment in our city.
The image above is a detail of a photograph created by Barbara Barefield.