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
Feb. 21, 2020 7:00pm Duration 12:28 Cannonball Adderley Quintet – This Here – Album Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco – Label Riverside Records
Feb. 21, 2020 7:13pm Duration 4:51 Will Boyd – Keep Your Hand On The Plow – Album Freedom, Soul, Jazz – Label Will Boyd Music
Feb. 21, 2020 7:21pm Duration 11:00 Joey DeFrancesco / Pharaoh Sanders – The Creator Has A Master Plan – Album In The Key Of The Universe – Label Mack Avenue Records
Feb. 21, 2020 7:32pm Duration 4:37 Christian McBride Big Band – Used ‘Ta Could – Album Bringin’ It – Label Mack Avenue Records
Feb. 21, 2020 7:37pm Duration 12:49 Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Band – Caravan – Album Legacy Alive – Label Onyx
Feb. 21, 2020 7:49pm Duration 5:18 Charles & Gwen Scales – Sunday Kind Of Love – Album On The Move – Label Urban Jazz Contemporary Records
Feb. 21, 2020 7:55pm Duration 9:14 Chick Corea Acoustic Band – On Green Dolphin Street – Album Alive – Label GRP Records
Feb. 21, 2020 8:05pm Duration 6:01 The Manhattan Transfer – Birdland – Album Best Of The Manhattan Transfer – Label Original Sound Recordings
Feb. 21, 2020 8:12pm Duration 13:06 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – So What – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Feb. 21, 2020 8:22pm Duration 9:03 Dobbins, Krahnke & Weed Trio – Dat Dere – Album Odyssey Live At The Firefly Club – Label PKO Records
Feb. 21, 2020 8:31pm Duration 7:12 Maceo Parker – Georgia On My Mind – Album Life On Planet Groove – Label Minor Music Records
Feb. 21, 2020 8:38pm Duration 6:24 Joey DeFrancesco + The People – A Change Is Gonna Come – Album Project Freedom – Label Mack Avenue Records
Feb. 21, 2020 8:44pm Duration 7:05 Wycliffe Gordon – It Don’t Mean A Thing – Album Slidin’ Home – Label Nagel Heyer 2001
Feb. 21, 2020 8:51pm Duration 6:22 Mack Avenue SuperBand – Preach Hank – Album Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – Label Mack Avenue Records
Feb. 21, 2020 8:57pm Duration 5:13 Dee Dee Bridgewater – What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Album Live At Yoshi’s – Label Verve
Feb. 21, 2020 9:03pm Duration 10:22 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – A La Mode – Album Keystone 3 – Label Concord Records
Feb. 21, 2020 9:13pm Duration 12:28 In The Tradition – Chantized – Album Sirius – Label AFJ
Feb. 21, 2020 9:24pm Duration 5:45 Eddie Harris – Wade In The Water – Album The Last Concert – Label ACT Music
Feb. 21, 2020 9:30pm Duration 12:26 Miles Davis – Neo – Album Miles In Person At The Blackhawk – Label Columbia
Feb. 21, 2020 9:32pm Duration 4:10 Nina Simone – I Loves You Porgy – Album Anthology – Label BMG Heritage
Feb. 21, 2020 9:37pm Duration 7:50 George Cables – Besame Mucho – Album I’m All Smiles – Label Highnote Records
Feb. 21, 2020 9:50pm Duration 5:15 The Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go – Album Best Of The Manhattan Transfer – Label Original Sound Recordings
Feb. 21, 2020 9:56pm Duration 12:54 Wes Montgomery – No Blues – Album Jazz Masters 14 – Label Verve
Feb. 21, 2020 10:07pm Duration 8:13 The Keller/Kocher Quartet – Helen’s Song – Album Pipe And Slippers – Label BOPO Records
Feb. 21, 2020 10:15pm Duration 14:05 Dee Dee Bridgewater – Love For Sale – Album Live At Yoshi’s – Label Verve
Feb. 21, 2020 10:29pm Duration 7:16 Herbie Hancock – The Peacocks – Album Round Midnight – Label Warner Bros.
Feb. 21, 2020 10:37pm Duration 9:11 Al Williams Jazz Society – Cristo Redactor – Album Let’s Celebrate – Label Blue Lady Records, Inc.
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