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
Oct. 9, 2020 19:00 Duration 7:44 Yusef Lateef – Oscarlyso – Album Live At Pep’s – Label Impulse!
Oct. 9, 2020 19:08 Duration 11:01 Miles Davis – Walkin’ – Album Highlights From The Plugged Nickel – Label Columbia
Oct. 9, 2020 19:19 Duration 7:48 Alex Harding & Lucian Ban – Chakra – Album Dark Blue – Label Sunnyside
Oct. 9. 2020 19:27 Duration 6:15 Willie Bobo – Dindi – Album Live At Watts Jazz Festival – Label Avenue Jazz
Oct. 9, 2020 19:34 Duration 5:01 Emmet Cohen Trio – Teo – Album Dirty In Detroit – Label Self Release
Oct. 9, 2020 19:40 Duration 6:47 Donald Byrd – Cantaloupe Island – Album Hot Java Jazz – Label Verve
Oct. 9, 2020 19:47 Duration 12:49 Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Band – Caravan – Album Legacy Alive – Label Onyx
Oct. 9, 2020 20:00 Duration 2:57 Ray Charles – Let The Good Times Roll – Album Ray Sings + Basie Orchestra Swings – Label Concord Records
Oct. 9, 2020 20:03 Duration 5:21 Christian McBride Big Band – Night Train – Album For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver – Label Mack Avenue Records
Oct. 9, 2020 20:09 Duration 6:28 Steve Wood & Carl Cafagna – Blues Up And Down – Album Detroit Tenors – Label Detroit Music Factory
Oct. 9, 2020 20:16 Duration 5:00 Diana Krall – Just The Way You Are – Album Live In Paris – Label Verve
Oct. 9, 2020 20:22 Duration 12:08 Joshua Redman – Blues For Pat – Album Wish – Label Warner Bros.
Oct. 9, 2020 20:34 Duration 14:30 Charles Earland – Killer Joe – Album Live At The Key Club – Label High Note Records
Oct. 9, 2020 20:49 Duration 10:31 Keith Jarrett Trio – The Cure – Album The Cure – Label ECM
Oct. 9, 2020 21:00 Duration 5:10 Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Album Live At The Club – Label Capitol Jazz
Oct. 9, 2020 21:06 Duration 3:58 Ronnie Laws – Cold Duck – Album Tribute To Eddie Harris – Label Blue Note
Oct. 9, 2020 21:10 Duration 6:53 Paul Keller Trio – Nature Boy – Album Live At The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe – Label PKO Records
Oct. 9, 2020 21:17 Duration 6:26 Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Imagine – Album Imagine – Label Blue Note
Oct. 9, 2020 21:24 Duration 11:25 Thelonious Monk – In Walked Bud – Album Complete Blue Note Recordings – Label Blue Note
Oct. 9, 2020 21:35 Duration 5:10 Ladies Of Straight Ahead – Impressions – Album Straight Ahead Greatest Hits – Label Straight Ahead Music
Oct. 9, 2020 21:41 Duration 11:45 Miles Davis – Autumn Leaves – Album Miles Davis In Person At The Blackhawk – Label Columbia
Oct. 9, 2020 21:53 Duration 8:38 Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Band – 3 Blind Mice – Album Legacy Alive – Label Onyx
Oct. 9, 2020 22:01 Duration 6:39 Christian McBride Big Band – Road Song – Album For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver – Label Mack Avenue Records
Oct. 9, 2020 22:08 Duration 7:14 Ramona Collins – On Green Dolphin Street – Album Live And Lovin’ It – Label RaCoSa Music
Oct. 9, 2020 22:16 Duration 4:14 Al Green – Simply Beautiful – Album True Love A Collection – Label Music Club
Oct. 9, 2020 22:21 Duration 4:50 Calvin Keys – Invitation – Album An Evening With Calvin Keys – Label Life Force Jazz Records
Oct. 9, 2020 22:25 Duration 9:18 Stanley Clarke – So What – Album Implosions – Label Jazz Visions
Oct. 9, 2020 22:35 Duration 8:18 Wynton Marsalis – Caravan – Album Marsalis Standard Time – Label Columbia
Oct. 9, 2020 22:44 Duration 3:23 Kenny Garrett – Giant Steps – Album Pursuance The Music Of John Coltrane – Label Warner Bros.
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