A sophisticated pianist, John Malachi spent the majority of his profession accompanying top jazz-oriented singers. A self-taught pianist, Malachi’s initial important musical work was with Trummy Youthful from 1943-44. He was an associate of the traditional Billy Eckstine Bebop Orchestra from 1944-45, adding both piano solos and advanced preparations. Malachi was back again with Eckstine in 1947, toured with Illinois Jacquet in 1948 and caused Pearl Bailey in 1950, Dinah Washington in 1951, Louis Jordan in 1951, Sarah Vaughan from 1952-54, Al Hibbler from 1955-58 and Joe Williams. Malachi’s old age had been spent freelancing in Washington D.C.