The Duane Parham Society

Sunday, September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$25.00
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Showtimes are at 5:30p & 7:30p for this performance.

Doors open at 5pm for dinner. Seating begins at 6pm for “Dinner & a Show”. The second show starts seating at 9pm.

Duane Parham is a Detroit-based artist and saxophonist who has dedicated his entire life to jazz music.  Not only is he a talented musician, he is also a passionate educator who wants to introduce people to the nuances and sophistication of this quintessentially American musical genre. His love for jazz and Motown is evident in his painstaking and meticulous research for authentic aesthetics and high-level musicianship. Whether it’s rhythm and blues, pop, soul, jazz or Motown, Parham has explored a huge variety of sounds and styles throughout his storied career. He’s always been able to keep an open mind, which allowed him to further expand his reach and strike up fruitful partnerships with other great musicians overtime. His studio output and live music work have been astounding and consistent in terms of quality, and he has been incredibly busy crafting quality music, even in recent years.

Duane Parham, a prolific artist with so much still left to give, has built a very significant legacy on Detroit’s music and beyond with a broad selection of acclaimed albums, singles, and recording projects over the years. His studio work is as exceptional as his revered live performances, showcasing his broad scope and versatility, both live and in the studio.

Some of Parham’s most notable recent recorded performances include “I Need a Miracle” (Motor City Sax Appeal, 2010) as well as amazing recordings of “My Turn” and “Your Precious Love,” which were released in 2023 and 2021 respectively. Inducted into the “Detroit Legends of Jazz Hall of Fame,” Duane Parham achieved the distinction of being the youngest member in this prestigious group during his induction. As a performer, he has shared stages with some of the most influential figures on the scene. These include individuals such as motivational speakers Les Brown and Iyanla Vanzant, as well as R&B and Soul icons Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, Freda Payne, and Spider Turner.

Parham has also showcased his talent alongside gospel luminaries like Michael Matthews, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, and Rance Allen, only to mention a few.

Parham is a highly esteemed jazz musician from Detroit who is widely recognized as an innovator, visionary, and exceptional performer in the genres of Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Gospel Music. Over the years, he has received numerous accolades and recognitions for his outstanding contributions to the music industry, including being awarded the prestigious Detroit Black Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022. His impressive resume of opening for influential figures and performing alongside renowned artists further underscores his versatility and impact across different musical realms, adding to the significance of his accomplishments.

Jazz and Motown, both integral to American music, are extremely pivotal styles, which helped shape the current landscape of American music, especially due to the work of dedicated musicians like Duane Parham. Unsurprisingly, the artist has also been honored with five Mayoral Proclamations of Achievement from mayors of Detroit, such as Coleman A. Young, Dennis W. Archer, and Dave Bing, as well as Mayor Martha G. Scott of Highland Park, in recognition of his efforts towards the progress of both communities and his remarkable accomplishments in the field of music arts.

Parham’s long-established talent and valuable contributions to the music industry, have earned him a coveted spot on the roster of Brower Entertainment Booking Agency. This milestone achievement is a testament to his unwavering dedication and passion for his craft. With this new development in his career, Parham is now poised to reach even more fans and music lovers across the globe. He is actively seeking new gigs and engagements and is looking forward to a busy and productive year filled with opportunities to showcase his Motown-inspired performances to audiences far and wide.

As a very important place for jazz innovation, Detroit’s music community has had a very profound impact on the genre’s evolution, and it continues to do so, especially due to the continued efforts of people like Duane Parham, who is always open to sharing his experience, knowledge and talent with the younger generations.

Presently, Parham remains extremely involved in the music scene, and he has a deep love for fostering new talent and aiding the development and preservation of talent in the jazz world. For this reason, he founded the Educational Arts Society, a 501 c 3 nonprofit that assists young artists in developing a professional music skill set. His success showcases the possibilities for young musicians, emphasizing the importance of dedication, versatility, and a willingness to keep cultivating passion and talent, as well as learning more about musical roots and the story behind the genres. Parham’s legacy encourages aspiring jazz players to embrace their unique musical journeys, contribute to the evolving jazz landscape, and pursue excellence and keep great jazz and Motown alive.


Sunday, September 8
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm