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
Start Time Duration Artist Title Album Label
July 29, 2022 7:03pm Duration 20:04 Freddie Hubbard – First Light – Album Keystone Bop Vol. 2 – Label Prestige
July 29, 2022 7:23pm Duration 4:50 Calvin Keys – Chitlins Con Carne – Album An Evening With Calvin Keys Label Life Force Jazz
July 29, 2022 7:28pm Duration 6:10 Mack Avenue SuperBand – All Yo Have To Be Is You – Album Live Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 – Label Mack Avenue Records
July 29, 2022 7:36pm Duration 5:25 Jazz Crusaders – It’s Your Thing – Album Blue Note Compilation – Label Blue Note
July 29, 2022 7:42pm Duration 5:32 Poncho Sanchez – Listen Here/Cold Duck Time – Album Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival 2000 – Label Detroit Jazz Festival
July 29, 2022 7:47pm Duration 6:36 James Brown – It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World – Album Soul On Top – Label Verve
July 29, 2022 7:54pm Duration 10:35 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – So What – Album Final Tour – Label Legacy
July 29, 2022 8:04pm Duration 8:18 Eddie Harris & Les McCann – Compared To What – Album 30 Years Of Montreux Jazz Festival – Label TBA Records
July 29, 2022 8:12pm Duration 7:33 GRP All-Stars Big Band – Manteca – Album GRP All Stars Big Band Live – Label GRP
July 29, 2022 8:20pm Duration 12:30 Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra – True Bassonification – Album Studio/Live Interval #2 – Label Uuquipleu Records
July 29, 2022 8:32pm Duration 3:59 Kimmie Horne – Feelin’ Good – Album My Favorite Things – Label Sepia Tone Records
July 29, 2022 8:36pm Duration 8:30 Gene Harris Quartet – Summertime – Album It’s The Real Soul – Label Concord Jazz
July 29, 2022 8:45pm Duration 5:14 Al Jarreau Summertime – Album Tenderness – Label Reprise
July 29, 2022 8:50pm Duration 5:39 Mongo Santamaria – Soleil – Album 30 Years Of Montreux Jazz Festival – Label TBA Records
July 29, 2022 8:56pm Duration 4:38 Betty Carter – Caribbean Sun – Album Live At Baker’s ’79 – Label Bet-Car
July 29, 2022 9:01pm Duration 7:28 Mario Abney – Afroism – Album Abney Effect Vol. 1 – Label Mario Abney Music
July 29, 2022 9:08pm Duration 7:16 Michigan Jazz Masters – Wide And Blue – Album Urban Griots’ – Label MJM
July 29, 2022 9:15pm Duration 16:19 Johnny Hammond Smith – It’s Too Late – Album Breakout – Label CTI
July 29, 2022 9:31pm Duration 5:01 Lou Donaldson – Everything I Gonna Be Funky – Album Blue Note Compilation – Label Blue Note
July 29, 2022 9:36pm Duration 6:14 Bobby Bland & B.B. King – Let The Good Times Roll – Album Together Again – Label MCA
July 29, 2022 9:43pm Duration 6:41 Bobby Bland & B.B. King – Stormy Monday Blues/Strange Things Happen – Album Together Again – Label MCA
July 29, 2022 9:50pm Duration 6:21 Carl Cafagna & Steve Wood – Blues Up And Down – Album Detroit Tenors – Label Detroit Music Factory
July 29. 2022 9:57pm Duration 15:40 Gary Bartz Quintet – Close Your Eyes – Album Precious Energy – Label Mapleshade
July 29, 2022 10:12pm Duration 5:51 Duncan McMillan – Backstage Antics – Album Room With A View – Label Big O Records
July 29, 2022 10:18pm Duration 6:14 Mike Wahls Trio – Things Ain’t What They Used To Be – Album You Be The Judge – Label Equinox Mansion Records
July 29, 2022 10:24pm Duration 6:10 Ray Brown Trio – A Night In Tunisia – Album Live From New York To Tokyo – Label Concord Jazz
July 29, 2022 10:30pm Duration 12:54 Wes Montgomery – No Blues – Album Jazz Masters 14 – Label Verve
July 29, 2022 10:43pm Duration 3:50 Natalie Cole – La Costa – Album Thankful – Label Capitol Records
July 29, 2022 10:47pm Duration 5:37 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Round Midnight Album Final Tour – Label Legacy
* (all airtime is approximate)