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
Nov. 26, 2021 7:00pm Duration 8:23 King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew – Album Live At Fillmore West – Label ATCO/RHINO
Nov. 26, 2021 7:09pm Duration 10:36 Calvin Keys – My Funny Valentine – Album An Evening With Calvin Keys – Label Life Force Jazz Records
Nov. 26, 2021 7:20pm Duration 6:46 Russell Miller – Joyous – Album The Dance Eternal – Label Russell Miller Music
Nov. 26, 2021 7:27pm Duration 12:03 Betty Carter – My Favorite Things – Album Live At Baker’s – Label – Exclusive Maxology!
Nov. 26, 2021 7:38pm Duration 2:58 Planet D Nonet – Sugar Rum Cherry – Album A Salute To Strayhorn – Label Detroit Music Factory
Nov. 26, 2021 7:41pm Duration 14:29 Stanley Turrentine – Sugar – Album Sugar – Label CTI
Nov. 26, 2021 7:55pm Duration 7:04 Dr. Prof. Leonard King & Gerard Gibbs – Gerard’s A-100 Alley Blues – Label Uuuipleu Records
Nov. 26, 2021 8:02pm Duration 6:26 Lou Rawls – In The Evenin’ When The Sun Goes Down – Album Lou Rawls Live! – Label Capitol Jazz
Nov. 26, 2021 8:09pm Duration 3:00 Roy Hargrove Quintet – Bring It On Home To Me – Album Earfood – Label Decca Music Group
Nov. 26, 2021 8:12pm Duration 15:31 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – All Blues – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Nov. 26, 2021 8:27pm Duration 7:33 Dianne Reeves – Rivers – Album Best Of Dianne Reeves – Label Blue Note
Nov. 26, 2021 8:35pm Duration 6:15 Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things – Album My Favorite Things – Label Motema Music
Nov. 26, 2021 8:42pm Duration 6:03 Jean-Luc Ponty – The Gift Of Time – Album Live At Chene Park – Label Atlantic Records
Nov. 26, 2021 8:49pm Duration 10:38 Horace Silver Quintet – African Queen – Album Live At The Half Note – Label Hi Hat
Nov. 26, 2021 9:00pm Duration 3:35 Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby – Hikky-Burr – Album Original Jazz Sessions – Label Concord Records
Nov. 26, 2021 9:04pm Duration 8:34 Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff – Frim Fram Sauce – Album Best Of rawford & McGriff – Label Milestone Records
Nov. 26, 2021 9:13pm Duration 4:50 Calvin Keys – Chitlins Con Carne – Album An Evening With Calvin Keys – Label Life Force Jazz
Nov. 26, 2021 9:18pm Duration 8:18 Wynton Marsalis – Caravan – Album Marsalis Standard Time – Label Columbia
Nov. 26, 2021 9:26pm Duration 9:35 Wynton Marsalis w/ Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra – Sanctified Blues – Label Jazz At Lincoln Center
Nov. 26, 2021 9:36pm Duration 5:56 Jimmy Smith – Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Album Christmas Cookin’ – Label Jazz Heritage
Nov. 26, 2021 9:41pm Duration 13:11 John Coltrane – My Favorite Things – Album Best Of John Coltrane – Label Rhino
Nov. 26, 2021 9:54pm Duration 10:13 Cal Tjader Quintet – Philadelphia Mambo – Album Live At Club Macumba – Label Acrobat
Nov. 26, 2021 10;04pm Duration 7:09 Ramsey Lewis Trio – Love Theme From Spartacus – Album Live At Bohemian Jazz Cafe – UMG Recordings
Nov. 26, 2021 10:14pm Duration 10:22pm Cal Tjader Quintet – Lullaby Of Birdland – Album Live At Club Macumba – Label Acrobat
Nov. 26, 2021 10:25pm Duration 6:51 Gwen & Charles Scales – That’s What I Want For Christmas – Album Holiday Tune-Up Part 1 – Label Big Axle Records
Nov. 26, 2021 10:32pm Duration 4:59 Marcus Belgrave – Let It Snow – Album Christmas Jazz – Label Focus Hope
Nov. 26, 2021 10:36pm Duration 21:37 Fred Wesley – On Green Dolphin Street – Album Swing & Be Funky – Label Minor Music
Nov. 26, 2021 10:56pm Duration 4:56 Louis Armstrong & Leon Thomas – The Creator Has A Master Plan – Album What A Wonderful World – Label BMG
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