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JazzSpace Detroit book cover.JazzSpace Detroit book cover: Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield with (left to right)saxophonists Faruq Z Bey and Anothony Holland, percussionist Tani Tabbal and bassist Jaribu Shahid at the Belle Isle Conservatory on Detroit's Belle Isle, 1979. Handtinted photo by Barbara Weinberg Barefield Artist, photographer and music lover Barbara Weinberg Barefield has been photographing musicians—especially jazz—performing artists, Detroit history, and more since the early 1970s. 

In 1980, she was awarded a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts to create a book of her photographs and worked with author Herb Boyd to write the narrative. Now, after 40 years, she is re-releasing the book with additional pages and photographs, more content by Boyd, and a new prologue and epilogue by Larry Gabriel. 

The original JazzSpace Detroit book had been out of print for decades and is a collector's item. 

Order information

Reserve your copy now. The first 100 people to order the book will receive a personally signed and dated copy. The book will be printed and ready to send to you mid-August 2021 or sooner. 

The special pre-sale price is $20 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the U.S. For outside the U.S, please email your request to [email protected]


For orders in the U.S., please use PayPal or your credit card


About the book

Decades of Detroit's rich legacy of Black music, Jazz and dance from the 20th century is captured within 76 pages brimming with iconic photographs by Barbara Weinberg Barefield and narrative by noted author/historian Herb Boyd — plus a new prologue and epilogue by Detroit writer Larry Gabriel.

Detroit has long been considered the epicenter and one of the premier incubators for Jazz, Blues and creative music. It is the home or adopted home of scores of musicians, including Marcus Belgrave, Roy Brooks, Yusef Lateef, Elvin Jones, Kenny Burrell, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney, Charles McPherson, Donald Byrd, Sippie Wallace, Betty Carter, Terry Pollard, Ursula Walker, Faruq Z. Bey, A. Spencer Barefield, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, James Carter, and many more.

JazzSpace Detroit preserves and elevates this legacy by illuminating a vibrant slice of American culture through more than 125 intimate photographs, portraits, and first-hand insights.