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
July 9, 2021 7:00pm Duration 13:25 Quincy Jones Big Band – Stolen Moments Medley – Album The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones – Label Verve
July 9, 2021 7:13pm Duration 16:37 Keith Jarrett Trio – God Bless The Child – Album Live In Antibes – Label ECM
July 9, 2021 7:30pm Duration 7:44 Nathan Zaporski – Rhythm A Ning – Album Recitation – Label Nathan M. Zaporski
July 9, 2021 7:38pm Duration 2:37 Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime – Album Greatest Hits – Label Epic
July 9, 2021 7:41pm Duration 9:18 Stanley Clarke – So What – Album Implosions – Label Verve
July 9, 2021 7:50pm Duration 6:15 Willie Bobo – Dindi – Album Live Watts Jazz Festival – Label Avenue Jazz
July 9, 2021 7:56pm Duration 6:48 Paxton / Spangler Septet – Soweto – Album Anthem For The New Nation – Label Eastlawn
July 9, 2021 8:02pm Duration 6:17 Al Jarreau – Summertime – Album Tenderness – Label Reprise
July 9, 2021 8:09pm Duration 8:10 Kenny Burrell – Little Sunflower – Album Special Request – Label High Note
July 9, 2021 8:17pm Duration 7:30 Michael J. Reed – Soppin’ The Biscuit At The Chicken Shack – Album Remove All Fear – Label Reedify Productions
July 9, 2021 8:24pm Duration 6:26 Chaka Khan – Take The A Train – Album Echoes Of An Era – Label Elektra
July 9, 2021 8:30pm Duration 14:59 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – On Green Dolphin Street – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
July 9, 2021 8:45pm Duration 10:43 Steve Gadd – Way Back Home – Album Live In Tokyo – Label BFM Jazz
July 9, 2021 8:55pm Duration 4:42 Paul Alexis – Venus Seduction – Album Atlantis Rising – Label Paul Shion & Marty Batista
July 9, 2021 9:00pm Duration 6:19 BB King & Dave Brubeck – Paying The Cost To Be The Boss – Album Move To The Groove – Label IMC Music
July 9, 2021 9:06pm Duration 12:54 Wes Montgomery – No Blues – Album Jazz Masters 14 – Label Verve
July 9, 2021 9:19pm Duration 6:39 Christian McBride Big Band – Road Song – Album For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver – Label Mack Avenue Records
July 9, 2021 9:25pm Duration 7:01 Ramona Collins & Line One – Love Dance – Album Everything Old Is New Again – Label Ramona Collins Music
July 9, 2021 9:32pm Duration 12:41 Herbie Hancock – Butterfly Live In Tokyo – Album Personal Compilation – Label Maxology!
July 9, 2021 9:44pm Duration 6:54 MFSB – Cheaper To Keep Her – Album Love Is The Message – Label Legacy
July 9, 2021 9:51pm Duration 3:22 Lou Rawls – Groovy People – Album Unplugged Chicago / Philadelphia / Detroit – Label Success Music Master
July 9, 2021 9:55pm Duration 5:25 Jean-Luc Ponty – A Taste For Passion – Album Le Voyage Anthology – Label Rhino
July 9, 2021 10:00pm Duration 6:10 Ray Brown Trio – A Night In Tunisia – Album Live From New York To Tokyo – Label Concord Jazz
July 9, 2021 10:07pm Duration 7:48 Alex Harding & Lucian Ban – Chakra – Album Dark Blue – Label Sunnyside
July 9, 2021 10:15pm Duration 4:57 Diana Krall – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Album Only Trust Your Heart – Label GRP Records
July 9, 2021 10:20pm Duration 14:01 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Bye Bye Blackbird – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
July 9, 2021 10:34pm Duration 6:00 Marcus Miller feat. Roy Hargrove – I’m Glad There Is You – Album A Night In Monte Carlo – Label 3 Deuces Records
July 9, 2021 10:41pm Duration 14:33 Charles Earland – Killer Joe – Album Live At The Key Club Label Fantasy
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