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
Feb. 19, 2021 7:00pm Duration 13:06 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – So What – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Feb. 19, 2021 7:14pm Duration 10:39 John Coltrane Blue Train – Album Blue Train – Label Blue Note
Feb. 19, 2021 7:24pm Duration 8:39 Sky Covington & Club Crescendo -This Is Jazz – Album Club Crescendo Vol. 3 – Label Indie Artist
Feb. 19, 2021 7:33pm Duration 5:59 Kevin Mahogany – Nature Boy – Album Another Time Another Place – Label Warner Bros.
Feb. 19, 2021 7:39pm Duration 12:35 George Benson – All Blues – Album Gold Collection – Label Fine Tune
Feb. 19, 2021 7:50pm Duration 7:18 Emmet Cohen Trio – You Don’t Know What Love Is – Album Dirty In Detroit – Label Self Release
Feb. 19, 2021 7:57pm Duration 7:53 Thornetta Davis – Please Send Me Someone To Love – Album Live At The Music Menu – Label Sweet Mama Music
Feb. 19, 2021 8:05pm Duration 13:11 John Coltrane – My Favorite Things – Album Best Of John Coltrane – Label Rhino
Feb. 19, 2021 8:18pm Duration 7:34 John Coltrane – Afro Blue – Album Afro Blue Impressions – Label Pablo
Feb. 19, 2021 8:25pm Duration 4:25 Keller / Kocher Quintet – Vaccine For Maxine – Album Exclusive – Label PKO Records
Feb. 19, 2021 8:29pm Duration 4:55 Les McCann & Eddie Harris – Universal Prisoner – Album Personal Compilation CD – Maxology
Feb. 19, 2021 8:35pm Duration 4:50 Calvin Keys – Chitlins Con Carne – Album An Evening With Calvin Keys – Label Life Force Jazz
Feb. 19, 2021 8:40pm Duration 10:27 Ernestine Anderson – Never Make Your Move Too Soon – Album Concord Jazz Heritage – Label Concord Jazz
Feb. 19, 2021 8:51pm Duration 6:30 Russ Miller Jazz Orchestra – Can’t Hide Love – Album You And The Night And The Music – Label Russell Miller Music
Feb. 19, 2021 8:57pm Duration 4:30 John Coltrane Quartet – Impressions – Album The Lost Album – Label Impulse!
Feb. 19, 2021 9:01pm Duration 11:31 John Coltrane – Summertime – Album Best Of John Coltrane – Label Rhino
Feb. 19, 2021 9:12pm Duration 12:43 Guymon Ensley Quintet – Speak No Evil – Album Here…Put This On – Label GEQ
Feb. 19, 2021 9:23pm Duraration 5:23 Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy – Album Plugged In And Live – Label CNR Music
Feb. 19, 2021 9:29pm Duration 11:00 Ralph Peterson & Messenger Legacy – A La Mode – Album Legacy Alive – Label Onyx
Feb. 19, 2021 9:31pm Duration 8:18 Wynton Marsalis – Caravan – Album Marsalis Standard Time – Label Columbia
Feb. 19, 2021 9:39pm Duration 4:04 Aretha Franklin – Skylark – Album Compilation CD – Maxology!
Feb. 19, 2021 9:44pm Duration 8:23 King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew – Album Live At Fillmore West – Label ATCO
Feb. 19, 2021 9:53pm Duration 8:39 Aretha & Ray Charles – Spirit In The Dark – Album Live At Fillmore West – Label Rhino
Feb. 19, 2021 10:02pm Duration 6:21 Steve Wood & Carfagna – Blues Up & Down – Album Detroit Tenors – Label Detroit Music Factory
Feb. 19, 2021 10:08pm Duration 13:57 Miles Davis & John Coltrane – Bye Bye Blackbird – Album The Final Tour – Label Legacy
Feb. 19, 2021 10:21pm Duration 7:33 John Coltrane Quintet w/ Eric Dolphy – Naima – Album Copenhagen Concert- Label In Crowd Records
Feb. 19, 2021 10:29pm Duration 4:16 Shirley Horn – Blues For Sarge – Album The Main Ingredient – Label Verve Records
Feb. 19, 2021 10:34pm Duration 6:10 Ray Brown Trio – A Night In Tunisia – Album Live From New York To New York To Tokyo
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