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
Aug. 3, 2018 7:02pm Duration 7:11 Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca – Album Dizzy Gillespie At Newport – Label Verve
Aug. 3, 2018 7:09pm Duration 11:42 Dexter Gordon – Rhythm A Ning – Album Swiss Nights – Label SteepleChase Productions
Aug. 3, 2018 7:19pm Duration 4:04 Rob Crozier 5TET – Naked Make Out – Album Tall Trees – Label Rob Crozier Music
Aug. 3, 2018 7:24pm Duration 6:15 Willie Bobo – Dindi – Album Live At Watts Jazz Festival – Label Rhino
Aug. 3, 2018 7:30pm Duration 6:47 Donald Byrd – Cantaloupe Island – Album Hot Java Jazz – Label Verve
Aug. 3, 2018 7:37pm Duration 9:14 Chick Corea Acoustic Band – On Green Dolphin Street – Album ALIVE – Label GRP
Aug. 3, 2018 7:47pm Duration 12:24 Miles Davis – Walkin’ – Album Miles Davis In Person At The Blackhawk – Label Columbia
Aug. 3, 2018 7:58pm Duration 5:15 Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go – Album Very Of Manhattan Transfer – Label Rhino
Aug. 3 2018 8:05pm Duration 5:51 Gerald Albright – C Jamm Blues – Album Live At Birdland – Label Atlantic Records
Aug. 3, 2018 8:10pm Duration 6:28 Ron English – Meanwhile – Album Dance/Cry/Dance – Label Detroit Music Factory
Aug. 3, 2018 8:17pm Duration 12:35 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Soft Winds – Album Live At The Bohemia – Label Blue Note
Aug. 3, 2018 8:30pm Duration 7:06 Carolyn Fitzhugh – A Night In Tunisia – Album Simply Amazing – Label Carolyn Fitzhugh Music
Aug. 3, 2018 8:38pm Duration 7:43 The Jazz Crusaders – Eleanor Rigby – Album Lighthouse ’68 – Label Pacific Jazz
Aug. 3, 2018 8:46pm Duration 6:00 Keep It To Yourself – Self Check In – Album Keep It To Yourself – Label Cross Street Records
Aug. 3, 2018 8:52pm Duration 4:03 Lou Rawls – Girl From Ipanema – Album Lou Rawls Live – Label Capitol Jazz
Aug. 3, 2018 8:58pm Duration 5:16 Woody Shaw – Estate – Album In My Own Sweet Way – Label In & Out Records
Aug. 3, 2018 9:05pm Duration 5:19 PD9 Planet D Nonet – Smada – Album A Salute To Strayhorn – Label Detroit Music Factory
Aug. 3, 2018 9:11pm Duration 6:27 Carla Cook – The Way You Look Tonight – Album It’s All About Love – Label MaxJazz
Aug. 3, 2018 9:18pm Duration 5:20 Allen Dennard – That Feeling – Album Stepping In – Label Allen Dennard Music
Aug. 3, 2018 9:24pm Duration 11:12pm Vince Guaraldi – Holy Communion Blues – Album Grace Cathedral Concert – Label Fantasy
Aug. 3, 2018 9:35pm Duration 8:08 Ron Kischuk & Ed Gooch – The Days Of Wine And Roses – Album Tribute To J&K Live At Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church – Label Jazz Forum
Aug. 3, 2018 9:44pm Duration 5:21 Musique Noire – Uncle Check’s Cha Cha Cha – Album Good Hair – Label Musique Noire Music
Aug. 3, 2018 9:50pm Duration 6:11 Mike Monford – King Tut’s Strut – Album Perseverance – Label Mike Monford Music
Aug. 3, 2018 9:57pm Duration 3:30 Eddie Jefferson – A Night In Tunisia – Album Letter From Home – Label Riverside Records
Aug. 3, 2018 10:02pm Duration 12:17 Marcus Belgrave Quintet – Uncrowned King – Album Live At The Ford Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival – Label DJF & Music Hall
Aug. 3, 2018 10:13pm Duration 5:00 Tia Fuller – Soul Eyes – Album Diamond Cut – Label Mack Avenue Records
Aug. 3, 2018 10:18pm Duration 6:16 Donald Harrison – Cissy Strut – Album Free To Be – Label Impulse!
Aug. 3, 2018 10:25pm Duration 4:37 Christian McBride Big Band – Used ‘Ta Could – Album Bringin’ It – Label Mack Avenue Records
Aug. 3, 2018 10:31pm Duration 4:59 MJQ & Friends – Bags Groove – Album Modern Jazz Quartet & Friends – Label Atlantic Recording
Aug. 3, 2018 10:35pm Duration 12:35 Freddie Hubbard – ‘Round Midnight – Album Live At Keystone – Label Fantasy Inc.
Aug. 3, 2018 10:47pm Duration 4:35 Jim Raney – Stella By Starlight – Album Jim Raney Quartet Visits Paris – Label Vogue
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