Michaels is a Detroit, Michigan, based broadcaster/communicator, talent booking agent, freelance entertainment writer and event planner. Michaels is passionate about all music and especially the genre of jazz. She is a music researcher and historian, who is extremely knowledgeable of the music industry, as well as being an ambassador of goodwill in the city of Detroit.
Her most recent effort to both entertain and educate music lovers utilizes the social media outlet of Facebook with daily contributions. The signature style and programming selections of Michaels is enjoyed by a huge list of friends and fans who span the globe. Michaels consistently reflects innovation with an uncanny ability to educate the masses about the rich history of jazz, cultural information and more.
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From June 27, 2014 to December 2014 – Maxine Michaels in partnership with Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor was treating shoppers to live performances, the feature Jazz to the Max (hosted by Maxine Michaels). These presentations showcased a long list of renowned Detroit based jazz artists, making it a great shopping destination as well an entertainment hub for the Ann Arbor community.
In June 2014, thousands of Hour Detroit magazine readers went on the record with their picks for the “Best Of Detroit”, voting as number one winner in the People Section – Maxine Michaels as Best DJ (Non-Radio), this feature article is printed in the June issue of Hour Detroit magazine.
In December 2013, with a commitment to the efforts of supporting music appreciation, Michaels kicked off the inaugural event known as the Mayflower Music Series, she continues to serve as artistic director/host/producer. The fundraising effort takes place every first Friday of the month at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Detroit. A generous sponsorship has even provided for expanded outdoor summer editions – the third annual Jazz In Paradise in conjunction with the Mayflower Music Series was held in July 2015. The fundraising causes support the preservation and restoration of the historic Mayflower Church, as well donations support the Arts and Detroit based musicians.
Michaels is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, and has since gone on to develop an outstanding reputation for excellence in broadcasting, an exquisite fine taste for jazz, and she has ultimately created a high degree of name recognition.
Maxine Michaels entered her broadcasting career as a hard working and focused intern at WJZZ (a heritage jazz radio station once licensed in Detroit). After graduating at the top of her class with numerous awards and accolades, her first assignment was as a midday news writer/reporter and ghost writer for Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg. Michaels also assisted in the production of Detroit Black Journal WTVS-56, as well the talk segment “Back To Back.” In the early stage of her broadcast career she worked at WDZZ-Flint, and hit the pavement running again as an on-air personality in the Detroit market at Mix 92.3 Hits & Oldies. Her interest in jazz was further enhanced on V98.7 Smooth Jazz hosting nights and evenings, and it was during this period she began to truly establish a presence in the community. Michaels became comfortable taking center stage, serving as emcee for many events and making countless appearances representing the station in the highest standard.
The next level of her growth in radio came at the calling of WGPR 107.5 Program Director, Rosetta Hines (formerly of WJZZ), who recruited Michaels as an evening talent, hand picked to focus exclusively on a jazz and rhythm & blues format. Michaels again displayed tremendous talent, having free-reign to program her own jazz centered radio show in a competitive, major broadcasting market. In 2002, Michaels was voted as the Detroit News, Readers Choice Award Winner – Best Radio Voice/Best Radio Show.
It was during this period that Michaels, spear-headed the Northland Jazz Series (a free to the public, 5-year run series that brought live jazz to the open courtyard at Northland Mall). In addition Michaels became a solid live jazz producer, promoter and host at numerous venues. It has been through these ventures and many others that Michaels has gained valuable insights into promotions, generating funding, imaging and branding.
Maxine Michaels takes great pride in having given many Detroit based music artists their first radio airplay, she has consistently stood as an advocate in support of Detroit area music makers, and increasing public awareness of talent through live jazz performances.
Maxine’s Latest Playlist
Dec. 27, 2019 7:00pm Duration 4:43 Al Jarreau – I’m Beginning To See The Light – Album And The Metropole Orkest Live – Label Concord Music Group
Dec. 27, 2019 7:05pm Duration 8:09 Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis – Straighten Up And Fly Right – Album Triple Scoop – Label Concord Jazz
Dec. 27, 2019 7:14pm Duration 12:28 In The Tradition – Chantized – Album Sirius – Label AFJ Music Corp.
Dec. 27, 2019 7:27pm Duration 7:05 Larry Coryell – Bumpin’ On Sunset – Album Personal Compilation – Label N/A
Dec. 27, 2019 7:34pm Duration 12:54 Wes Montgomery – No Blues Album Wes Montgomery Jazz Masters 14 – Label Verve
Dec. 27, 2019 7:47pm Duration 4:51 Randy Crawford – Everything Must Change – Album Best Of Randy Crawford – Label Warner Bros.
Dec. 27, 2019 7:52pm Duration 7:06 Milt Jackson – What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life – Album Milt Jackson Sunflower – Label CTI
Dec. 27, 2019 8:00pm Duration 11:11 Cal Tjader – I Showed Them – Album Grace Cathedral Concert – Label Grace Cathedral
Dec. 27, 2019 8:12pm Duration 10:21 Tania Maria – Come With Me – Album Personal Compilation – Label N/A
Dec. 27, 2019 8:23pm Duration 7:50 George Cables – Besame Mucho – Album I’m All Smiles – Label HighNote
Dec. 27, 2019 8:31pm Duration 16:37 Keith Jarrett Trio – God Bless The Child – Album Standards – Label ECM Records
Dec. 27, 2019 8:48pm Duration 3:50 Oscar Brown Jr. – Another Year – Album Jazz Yule Love – Label Mack Avenue Records
Dec. 27, 2019 8:52pm Duration 12:43 Guymon Ensley Quintet – Speak No Evil – Album Here…Put This On – Label GEQ Jazz
Dec. 27, 2019 9:02pm Duration 14:01 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Bye Bye Blackbird – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Dec. 27, 2019 9:14pm Duration 5:42 Randy Napoleon – Signed Dizzy, With Love – Album Common Tones – Label Detroit Music Factory
Dec. 27, 2019 9:20pm Duration 2:53 Ella Fitzgerald – Accentuate The Positive – Album Best Of Twelve Nights In Hollywood – Label Verve
Dec. 27, 2019 9:23pm Duration 2:25 Ella Fitzgerald – On A Slow Boat To China – Album Best Of Twelve Nights In Hollywood – Label Verve
Dec. 27, 2019 9:26pm Duration 7:45 Ray Brown Trio – It’s Only A Paper Moon – Album Bassics – Label Telarc
Dec. 27, 2019 9:34pm Duration 9:51 Chick Corea And Return To Forever – Spain – Album Light As A Feather – Label Polydor
Dec. 27, 2019 9:43pm Duration 7:28 Mario Abney – Afroism – Album Abney Effect Vol. 1 / Instant Grits – Label Mario Abney Music
Dec. 27, 2019 9:51pm Duration 3:44 Wes Montgomery – It Was A Very Year – Album Goin’ Out Of My Head – Label Verve
Dec. 27, 2019 9:54pm Duration 4:50 Nancy Wilson – What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life – Album Nancy Wilson Christmas – Label Telarc
Dec. 27, 2019 10:00pm Duration 6:54 MFSB – Cheaper To Keep Her – Album Love Is The Message – Label Legacy
Dec. 27, 2019 10:17pm Duration 8:08 Eddie Harris – Sidewinder – Album The Last Concert – Label ACT
Dec. 27, 2019 10:25pm Duration 12:49 Ralph Peterson – Caravan – Album Legacy Alive – Label Onyx
Dec. 27, 2019 10:38pm Duration 6:44 Al Jarreau – One Good Turn – Album Look To The Rainbow – Label Warner Bros.
Dec. 27, 2019 10:45pm Duration 7:27 Charles Boles Quartet – God Bless The Child – Album Blue Continuum – Label Detroit Music Factory
Dec. 27, 2019 10:52pm Duration 4:16 Shirley Horn – Blues For Sarge – Album The Main Ingredient – Label Verve
Dec. 27, 2019 10:56pm Duration 5:27 Take 6 – Seven Steps To Heaven – Album The Standard – Label Heads Up
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