Jack Maheu, whose career as a top jazz clarinetist spanned more than 50 years and included many appearances in Upstate New York, died on Aug. 27, 2013, in Ithaca. He was 83 years old. Maheu had suffered a severe stroke in 2006 and had been living at an Ithaca nursing home for the past several years.
Jazz is one of those music genres that divides listeners into 3 basic categories: enthusiasts, acceptors, and avoiders. Enthusiasts are those that are passionate about the music and it's history. Acceptors might not necessarily know what they are listening to but often enjoy and accept what they are hearing. Avoiders...well they need no definition. The latest incarnation of the Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo Experience attempts to bridge some gaps between enthusiast and acceptor and perhaps snag an avoider or two.