After placing an online ad asking music lovers to join him for a jam session, this 95-year-old pianist and war veteran has been inundated with offers.
It wasn’t too long ago that Edward Hardy, a talented jazz piano player, was lonely and wishing for the company of other musicians.
Now, the 95-year-old is booked solid since placing an online advertisement asking other music lovers to join him for a jam session.
SWNS reports that Hardy played in a jazz quarter for almost 40 years, but had no one to play with after he had to go into a care home because of dementia.
With the aid of Sam Kinsella, one of the center’s workers, an ad was placed asking local musicians to jam with the war veteran.
More than 80 requests to join Hardy came in from the advertisement! So far, Mr. Hardy has already played with a saxophonist and even a double bassist.
But that’s not even the coolest part. The advert prompted three former bandmates, who Hardy hadn’t seen in 35 years, to get in touch.
Now, the elderly four-piece original jazz band are in rehearsals for a reunion show which will take place in 2016.
“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.
I have missed playing and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again.”
“It’s amazing how music can change people’s lives and the effects it has on people with cognitive conditions,” said activities co-ordinator Mr. Kinsella. “The response from the advert has been overwhelming with people all over the UK offering to help.”
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