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
July 31, 2020 7:04pm Duration 8:10 Kenny Burrell – Little Sunflower – Album Live At Catalina’s – Label High Note
July 31, 2020 7:13pm Duration 8:27 Julian Cannonball Adderley – One For Daddy O – Album Somethin’ Else – Label Blue Note
July 31, 2020 7:22pm Duration 7:04 Dr. Prof. Leonard King & Gerard Gibbs – Gerard’s A 100 Alley Blues – Album More Extensions – Label Uuquipleu
July 31, 2020 7:30pm Duration 7:14 Ramona Collins – On Green Dolphin Street – Album Live And Lovin’ It – Label RaCoSo Music
July 31, 2020 7:38pm Duration 12:11 Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay – Album Red Clay – Label CTI Records
July 31, 2020 7:51pm Duration 4:01 Darnell Kendricks – Strawberry Lemonade – Album Strawberry Lemonade – Label Darnell Kendricks Music
July 31, 2020 7:55pm Duration 6:36 Joe Sample – Souly Creole – Album Old Places Old Places – Label Warner Bros.
July 31, 2020 8:01pm Duration 4:03 Lou Rawls – Girl From Ipanema – Album Lou Rawls Live – Label Capitol
July 31, 2020 8:06pm Duration 12:59 Art Pepper – Manteca – Album Tokyo Debut – Label Galaxy
July 31, 2020 8:19pm Duration 12:43 Guymon Ensley Quintet – Speak No Evil – Album Here…Put This On – Label GEQ
July 31, 2020 8:32pm Duration 6:00 Phyllis Hyman – Everything I Have Is Good – Album In Between The Heartaches – Label Expansion
July 31, 2020 8:39pm Duration 11:00 Joey DeFrancesco – The Creator Has A Master Plan – Album In The Key Of The Universe – Label Mack Avenue Records
July 31, 2020 8:50pm Duration 4:44 Dean Haddad – The Chicken – Album Feel The Same – Label Dean Haddad Music
July 31, 2020 8:55pm Duration 4:37 Christian McBride Big Band – Used ‘Ta Could – Album Bringin’ It – Label Mack Avenue Records
July 31, 2020 9:00pm Duration 5:15 Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go – Album Best Of Manhattan Transfer – Label Rhino
July 31, 2020 9:16pm Duration 5:44 Roy Hargrove Quintet – Greens At The Chicken Shack – Album With Tenors Of Our Time – Label Verve
July 31, 2020 9:22pm Duration 5:31 Kenny Burrell – Chitlins Con Carne – Album Midnight Blue – Label Blue Note
July 31, 2020 9:28pm Duration 5:13 Dee Dee Bridgewater – What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Album Live At Yoshi’s – Label Verve
July 31, 2020 9:34pm Duration 10:05 Mulgrew Miller Trio – Comes Love – Album Live At Yoshi’s Vol. 2 – Label MaxJazz
July 31, 2020 9:45pm Duration 7:05 Wycliffe Gordon – It Don’t Mean A Thing – Album Slidin’ Home – Label Nagel Heyer Records
July 31, 2020 9:52pm Duration 14:33 Charles Earland – Killer Joe – Album Live At The Key Club – Label Prestige
July 31, 2020 10:05pm Duration 9:31 Ramona Collins – Don’t Explain – Album Live & Lovin’ It – Label RaCoSo Music
July 31, 2020 10:15pm Duration 11:23 Thelonious Monk – In Walked Bud – Album Personal Compilation – Label Maxology!
July 31, 2020 10:26pm Duration 6:18 Dorothy Ashby – Bohemia After Dark – Album In A Minor Groove – Label Prestige
July 31, 2020 10:33pm Duration 6:01 Al Jarreau – Midnight Sun – Album Accentuate The Positive – Label Verve
July 31, 2020 10:39pm Duration 12:54 Wes Montgomery – No Blues – Album Jazz Masters 14 – Label Verve
July 31, 2020 10:52pm Duration 10:21 Tania Maria – Come With Me – Album Personal Compilation – Label Maxology!
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