SKF NOTE: Heartwarming story and a great example of networking possibilities thanks to the internet.
Lonely Elderly Pianist Places Ad, Drums Up 80 Musicians to Jam
by Terry Turner – Dec 30, 2015
This 95-year-old jazz piano player is booked solid since placing an online advertisement asking musicians to join him for a jam session.
Edward Hardy tickled the ivories in a jazz quartet for 40 years…. When he had to go into a care home for dementia, he needed to strike up a new band.
The World War II vet placed an ad on the website Gumtree and musicians have been beating a path to his door….
At least 80 musicians jumped at the chance to sit in for a set. [T]he other three members of his former quartet — who he hadn’t seen in 30 years — all showed up because of the ad.
Hardy is putting the band back together — and they’re already rehearsing a reunion show next year.