James H. Maihack 1935-2022

The world of Trad Jazz has lost another light. Jim Maihack died on April 30, 2022, of a massive brain hemorrhage that none of us saw coming. Jim was born in Rock Island, Illinois, to Herald and Louise Maihack. Music came early to him at age five. Dad had a banjo and they bought their son an accordion (which I hear wasn’t his best!). By the time Jim got to High School he found friends that were also interested in the music of the most famous Rock Islander, Bix Beiderbecke. Jim was mesmerized. He and his friends started jamming and then formed a band in Rocky High School—The Corn Band. They were so popular they even had a faculty sponsor. Bill Allred tells me that Jim was famous for “arrangements while you wait,” scratched out against someones back. He continued this arranging skill throughout his life. The group played frequently in the Quad Cities and around the midwest. Bill Allred, Jim Valentine, Bob Cook, Stan and Louie Black, and Dick Collins among others formed several combos including “The Dixielads,” “Jim Stanley Duo,” and more. They went their separate ways to College. Jim to Augustana then to Northwestern U, studying music. Jim joined Smokey Stover in 1961 and played with Clyde McCoy. He then moved to California in 1963 where he graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Turk Murphy called Jim away from a computer programming job f
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