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JAZZ FEST in PALMER WOODS presents Latin and Bebop & Beyond Jazz concerts, June 24, 25, 26
(Published: June 08, 2011)

The last weekend in June, Detroit's Palmer Woods Music in Homes JAZZ in the WOODS festival presents three summer performances featuring styles ranging from Afro-Caribbean to bebop and beyond. The music is inspired by the sounds and rhythms from north and south of the equator, Africa, the heartbeat of JazzTown Detroit, and from the creative composing and improvisational skills of some of our area's great talents.

The JAZZ FEST is the grand finale for the 4th year of Palmer Woods Music in Homes. The concert series presents jazz, classical and world music concerts in magnificent mansions, castles, villas and unique homes in Detroit's historic neighborhood Palmer Woods.

The June concerts are held beneath a tent under the stars and sunshine in the gardens of one such very cool home. Built in 1939, the home is one of the treasures of the Streamline Moderne movement.

Fans will dance and sway to Orquesta La Inspiracion on Friday night (8pm), A. Spencer Barefield Quintet on Saturday night (8pm) and Marion Hayden's Legacy Ensemble on Sunday afternoon (2pm). They can also tour the home and learn about it from our Palmer Woods historian or architect Daniel Redstone, son of famed architect Louis Redstone who designed the home. Each concert includes a buffet of delicious, fresh foods, desserts and beverages.

Tickets - $35 or groups of six or more for $30 each can be purchased online at palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514. Buy two tickets to each concert and get one ticket free. The location of the home is provided to ticket holders. The concerts are special opportunities to hear world-class musicians who have Detroit-based roots and are internationally recognized.

Friday, June 24, 8pm:
Orquesta La Inspiracion
Get your body shaking on a velvety twilight with the Latin grooves of Orquesta La Inspiracion. Led by Puerto Rican-born congero Ozzie Rivera and music director-pianist Bill Meyer, this 10-piece ensemble honors the traditions of merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz, while forging new directions in Latin music. Mexican feast during intermission! Read more: palmerwoods.org/music-in-homes/jazz-fest-in-the-woods-2011/142-orquestra-la-inspiracion

Saturday, June 25, 8pm:
A. Spencer Barefield Quintet
Jazz from traditional to outer space. Kresge Arts Fellow, guitarist Barefield has been compared to luminaries Andres Segovia and Jimi Hendrix. He has toured and recorded in the US, Canada and Europe, extensively as a leader, soloist, and with Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis and others. His cohorts are well accomplished in jazz, classical, pop, African rhythms and rap: saxophonist David McMurray (regular with Bob James, Kid Rock and Kem); Oscar and Grammy awardee keyboardist Luis Resto (his recording resume ranges from Stevie Nicks, Mel Torme, Anita Baker and the legendary Highwaymen - Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson & Johnny Cash - to Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Eminem); bassist Jaribu Shahid (a regular in Barefield's ensembles for the Creative Music at the Detroit Institute of Arts series, Shahid has played with Sun Ra and Griot Galaxy, and more recently with Art Ensemble of Chicago, David Murray, Roscoe Mitchell, Geri Allen, James Carter and many others; he returns to Detroit after living in NY for many years); and drummer Djallo Keita. Read more: palmerwoods.org/music-in-homes/jazz-fest-in-the-woods-2011/143-a-spencer-barefield-quintet

Sunday, June 26, 2pm: Marion Hayden's Legacy Ensemble
Band leader Hayden is one of Detroit's most sought after bassists, founding member of Straight Ahead, composer, and recording artist. Joining Marion: stellar horn players Dwight Adams, Cassius Richmond and Vincent Bowens; pianist Henry Gibson; drummer Djallo Keita. The Legacy Ensemble celebrates the compositions of the Detroit jazz icons - Kenn Cox, Donald Walden, Roy Brooks, Marcus Belgrave and others - whose tutelage brought along Hayden and other members of her sextet to create a new generation and keep alive the Detroit jazz traditions. Read more: http://palmerwoods.org/music-in-homes/jazz-fest-in-the-woods-2011/144-marion-haydens-legacy-ensemblepalmerwoods.org/music-in-homes/jazz-fest-in-the-woods-2011/144-marion-haydens-legacy-ensemble

Long considered to be one of Michigan's premiere communities, Palmer Woods, located in the the northwest sector of Detroit at Seven Mile and Woodward Avenue, actively works to preserve and enrich the quality of life in Detroit. The concerts help raise funds for neighborhood preservation and improvements, as well as support the arts and project a positive and creative image about Detroit. The "concert halls" have included homes designed by legendary architects Minoru Yamasaki, Albert Kahn, Frank, Lloyd Wright, Richard Marr, Louis Redstone, and others. Many of the homes have never been open to the public.

The Palmer Woods Association and Creative Arts Collective present Palmer Woods Music in Homes with the support of Be Well Medical Center & Skin Rejuvenation in Berkley, Barefield DesignWorks, Blossoms in Birmingham, City Living Detroit, DMC-Sinai Grace Hospital, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and media sponsor WRCJ 90.9 fm radio.

More Information: https://www.palmerwoods.org

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