WSU jazz professor Matt Michaels passed away 11/2...

Detroit Free Press

"Music instructor's life a beautiful melody"

by Mitch Albom

Free Press columnist Mitch Albom wrote a profile story about retired Wayne State University professor, musician and song writer Matt Michaels, who passed away yesterday. Describing his career in music, Albom wrote: “Matt Michaels, 79, may be the most beloved music instructor Detroit ever has known. He could have gone anywhere, recorded anything. He is a master player, a sterling accompanist, a wizard at arranging and writing charts for bands and orchestras. He played with Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Wes Montgomery, countless others. He helped launch Barbra Streisand and never took it personally when she bolted for New York with his charts.” Albom added that Mr. Michaels taught thousands of future musicians at Wayne State.

To make a memorial gift, please click here and type 446875 Matt Michaels Endowed Jazz Studies Fund in the "Other" designation box. Thank you.

Also, please note that proceeds from the November 14, 2011, Mondays at the Max concert will go to this fund and the concert will feature a tribute to Professor Michaels.