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
Jun. 1, 2018 7:02pm Duration 4:42 Ray Brown Trio – Blue Bossa – Album Bassics Best Of Ray Brown Trio – Label Telarc
Jun. 1, 2018 7:06pm Duration 8:07 Ahmad Jamal Trio – Poinciana – Album Live At The Pershing – Label Argo
Jun. 1, 2018 7:15pm Duration 8:38 John Douglas – A Love Deferred – Album JD’S Pursuit – Label John Douglas Music
Jun. 1, 2018 7:23pm Duration 6:26 Chaka Khan – Take The A Train – Album Echoes Of An Era – Label Rhino
Jun. 1, 2018 7:30pm Duration 8:13 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Mosaic – Album 3 Blind Mice – Label American Jazz Classics
Jun. 1, 2018 7:38pm Duration 10:10 Freddie Hubbard – Summertime – Album The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard – Label Impulse!
Jun. 1, 2018 7:49pm Duration 8:35 GayeLynn McKinney – Wide And Blue – Album McKinFolk – Label Detroit Music Factory
Jun. 1, 2018 7:58pm Duration 4:04 Al Jarreau – I’m Beginning To See The Light – Album Accentuate The Positive – Label Verve
Jun. 1, 2018 8:03pm Duration 7:30 Eddie Harris – Moanin’ – Album The Last Concert – Label ACT Music
Jun. 1, 2018 8:10pm Duration 6:52 Sean Jones – No Need For Words – Album No Need For Words – Label Mack Avenue Records
Jun. 1, 2018 8:17pm Duration 7:54 Wayne Shorter – Footprints – Album Footprints Live – Label Verve
Jun. 1, 2018 8:25pm Duration 2:48 Ella Fitzgerald – Accentuate The Positive – Album Best Of Twelve Nights In Hollywood – Label Verve
Jun. 1, 2018 8:28pm Duration 4:58 Sonny Stitt – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Album Sonny Stitt: In Style – Label 32Jazz
Jun. 1, 2018 8:33pm Duration 6:49 Ray Brown Trio featuring Gene Harris – Summertime – Album Bassics – Label Telarc
Jun. 1, 2018 8:40pm Duration 5:38 Jose James – What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Album Yesterday I Had The Blues – Label Universal Classics Jazz
Jun. 1, 2018 8:45pm Duration 7:10 Herbie Mann – Blue In Green – Album Peace Pieces – Label Kokopelli Records
Jun. 1, 2018 8:53pm Duration 8:44 Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments – Album Unrehearsed Jazz Perfection – Label Compilation Starbucks/Universal Records
Jun. 1, 2018 9:01pm Duration 7:31 Roy Hargrove – Whisper Not – Album Approaching Standards – Label RCA/Novus
Jun. 1, 2018 9:08pm Duration 5:20 Allen Dennard – That Feeling – Album Stepping In – Label Allen Dennard Music
Jun. 1, 2018 9:14pm Duration 4:06 Randy Crawford – Cajun – Album Best Of Randy Crawford – Label Warner Bros. Records
Jun. 1, 2018 9:19pm Duration 6:22 Mack Avenue SuperBand – Preach Hank – Album Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – Label Mack Avenue Records
Jun. 1, 2018 9:26pm Duration 6:30 Russ Miller Jazz Orchestra – Can’t Hide Love – Album You And The Night And The Music – Label Russ Music Miller
Jun. 1, 2018 9:33pm Duration 6:37 Wynton Marsalis – Limbo Jazz – Album Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Live In Cuba – Label Jazz At Lincoln Center
Jun. 1, 2018 9:40pm Duration 8:40 Art Blakey & Thelonious Monk – Purple Shades – Album Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk – Label Rhino
Jun. 1, 2018 9:49pm Duration 6:19 Guymon Ensley Quintet – A Night In Tunisia – Album GEQ Here…Put This On – Label GEQ Jazz
Jun. 1, 2018 9:56pm Duration 7:08 Dee Dee Bridgewater – Midnight Sun – Album Live At Yoshi’s – Label Verve
Jun. 1, 2018 10:03pm Duration 10:12 Miles Davis Quartet – My Funny Valentine – Album The 1951-1957 Recordings – Label American Jazz Classics
Jun. 1, 2018 10:14pm Duration 5:39 Tia Fuller – Soul Eyes – Album Diamond Cut – Label Mack Avenue Records
Jun. 1, 2018 10:19pm Duration 9:14 Christian McBride Trio – Fried Pies – Album Live At The Village Vanguard – Label Mack Avenue Records
Jun. 1, 2018 10:29pm Duration 12:35 George Benson – All Blues – Album The Gold Collection – Label Fine Tune
Jun. 1, 2018 10:42pm Duration 2:29 Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man – Album Essential Jazz Smooth And Cool – Label Time Life
Jun. 1, 2018 10:45pm Duration 7:41 Sean Dobbins And The Modern Jazz Messengers – One By One – Album Blue Horizons – Label Detroit Music Factory
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