95 year old Edward Hardy joined his first band after returning home from serving in Japan during World War 2 and spent 40 years playing in a jazz quartet.
After being diagnosed with dementia and having to leave his wife of 75 years to move into a care a home, Edward understandably became depressed and longed for other musicians to jam with. Staff at the care home helped Edward place an advert on Gumtree asking for other musicians to jam with, and since placing the ad has been inundated with offers! Over 80 musicians have asked to jam with the war veteran and astonishingly 3 of his former band mates with whom he hadn’t spoken in over 35 years got in touch.
Edward has already jammed with a saxophonist and a double bassists and the original four piece jazz band are now in practice sessions for a reunion show.
“It is amazing so many volunteers have come forward to help me make music and it is marvellous that I have also been reunited with my old band.” said Mr. Hardy, “I have missed playing and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again.”
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