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. 9, 2019 7:00pm Duration 4:01 Ray Charles – What’d I Say – Album Ray Charles Live – Label AtlanticRecords
Aug. 9, 2019 7:05pm Duration 4:37 Christian McBride Big Band – Used ‘Ta Could – Album Bringin’ It – Label Mack Avenue Records
Aug. 9, 2019 7:10pm Duration 12:28 In The Tradition – Chantized – Album Sirius – Label AFJ Music Corp.
Aug. 9, 2019 7:23pm Duration 10:01 Milt Jackson – Little Sunflower – Album Sunflower – Label CTI
Aug. 9, 2019 7:34pm Duration 11:08 Thelonious Monk – Album Monk ‘Round The World – Label Hyena
Aug. 9, 2019 7:45pm Duration 4:01 Darnell Kendricks – Strawberry Lemonade – Album Strawberry Lemonade – Label Darnell Kendricks Music
Aug. 9, 2019 7:49pm Duration 15:52 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Aug. 9, 2019 8:05pm Duration 10:55 Dinah Washington – Blue Skies – Album Dinah Washington The Diva Series – Label Verve
Aug. 9, 2019 8:16pm Duration 7:49 Art Blakey & Thelonious Monk – Purple Shades – Album Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonios Monk – Label Rhino
Aug. 9, 2019 8:24pm Duration 5:18 Ron English – Yet And Still – Album Fishfeet – Label Strata
Aug. 9, 2019 8:30pm Duration 4:55 Straight Ahead – Light As A Feather – Album Straight Greatest Hits – Label Straight Ahead Music
Aug. 9, 2019 8:35pm Duration 5:45 Chris Botti feat. Sting – What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life – Album Chris Botti Live – Label Columbia Records
Aug. 9, 2019 8:41pm Duration 15:06 Fred Wesley For The Elders – Album Swing & Be Funky Label Minor Music
Aug. 9, 2019 8:56pm Duration 6:44 Al Jarreau – One Good Turn – Album Look To The Rainbow – Label Warner Bros. Records
Aug. 9, 2019 9:03pm Duration 8:30 Gene Harris Quartet – Summertime – Album It’s The Real Soul – Label Concord Jazz, Inc.
Aug. 9, 2019 9:12pm Duration 11:37 In The Tradition – Fancy Free – Album Sirius – Label AFJ Music Corp.
Aug. 9, 2019 9:23pm Duration 6:18 Dorothy Ashby – Bohemia After Dark – Album In A Minor Groove – Label Prestige
Aug. 9, 2019 9:30pm Duration 10:21 Tania Maria – Come With Me – Album Personal Compilation – Label Maxology
Aug. 9, 2019 9:41pm Duration 9:18 Stanley Clarke – So What – Album Implosion – Label Verve
Aug. 9, 2019 9:51pm Duration 6:27 Jesse Kramer – Flatter Beers – Album Antious As Osiris – Label Jesse Kramer Music
Aug. 9, 2019 9:57pm Duration 7:00 Andy Bey – Ain’t Necessarily So – Album Ain’t Necessarily So – Label 12th Street Records
Aug. 9, 2019 10:04pm Duration 5:47 Jimmy Smith – Slow Freight – Album Angel Eyes – Label Verve
Aug. 9, 2019 10:10pm Duration 6:10 Mack Avenue Super Band – All You Have To Be Is You – Album Live From The Detroit Jazz Fest 2015 – Label Mack Avenue Records
Aug. 9, 2019 10:17pm Duration 15:33 Keith Jarret Trio – God Bless The Child – Album Standards Vol. 1 – Label ECM Records
Aug. 9, 2019 10:32pm Duration 14:01 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Bye Bye Blackbird – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Aug. 9, 2019 10:46pm Duration 4:15 Valipala – Yes – Album Single Release – Label Indie Artist
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