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95-year-old advertises for bandmates to ‘jam’ with

A 95-year-old jazz musician who advertised on Gumtree for bandmates to ‘jam’ with has been inundated with offers from kind-hearted music lovers.

Pianist Edward Hardy played in a jazz quartet for almost 40 years but had no one to play with after being moved into a care home following the onset of dementia.

Care home worker Sam Kinsella helped him post an online advert to bring in musicians to jam with the talented war veteran.

L to R: Ron Foster, Jazz Jackson, David Payne, Sam Kinsella, Greg Cordez, Betty Hardy and Edward Hardy, 93, pictured at Mellifont Abbey care home in Wookey, where Activities Coordinator Sam Kinsella put an advert on Gumtree to find him band members to play with. See SWNS story SWJAM; Musicians have come forward to jam with a 95-year-old pianist after a nationwide appeal was made on Gumtree to find him some new bandmates. The festive wish was granted for ex jazz player, Edward Hardy, when more than 80 musicians from across the UK replied to the heart-warming advert. Amazingly, despite now suffering from dementia, the talented war veteran has still retained his piano playing abilities. The pensioner wanted to start a new band because he felt so lonely after being separated from his wife for 75 years, Betty, 91, due to moving into a care home in Wookey, Somerset.

L to R: Ron Foster, Jazz Jackson, David Payne, Sam Kinsella, Greg Cordez, Betty Hardy and Edward Hardy

Collect photograph of (L to R): Edward Hardy, Arthur Rice, David Payne and Ron Foster. Edward Hardy, 93, pictured at Mellifont Abbey care home in Wookey, where Activities Coordinator Sam Kinsella put an advert on Gumtree to find him band members to play with. See SWNS story SWJAM; Musicians have come forward to jam with a 95-year-old pianist after a nationwide appeal was made on Gumtree to find him some new bandmates. The festive wish was granted for ex jazz player, Edward Hardy, when more than 80 musicians from across the UK replied to the heart-warming advert. Amazingly, despite now suffering from dementia, the talented war veteran has still retained his piano playing abilities. The pensioner wanted to start a new band because he felt so lonely after being separated from his wife for 75 years, Betty, 91, due to moving into a care home in Wookey, Somerset.

Collect photograph of (L to R): Edward Hardy, Arthur Rice, David Payne and Ron Foster. Edward Hardy, 93, pictured at Mellifont Abbey care home in Wookey, where Activities Coordinator Sam Kinsella put an advert on Gumtree to find him band members to play with. See SWNS story SWJAM; Musicians have come forward to jam with a 95-year-old pianist after a nationwide appeal was made on Gumtree to find him some new bandmates. The festive wish was granted for ex jazz player, Edward Hardy, when more than 80 musicians from across the UK replied to the heart-warming advert. Amazingly, despite now suffering from dementia, the talented war veteran has still retained his piano playing abilities. The pensioner wanted to start a new band because he felt so lonely after being separated from his wife for 75 years, Betty, 91, due to moving into a care home in Wookey, Somerset.

The home in Wookey, Somerset, was inundated with more than 80 requests from across the UK, and Mr Hardy has already played with a saxophonist and a double bassist.

But he was even more astonished when the advert prompted three former band mates who he hadn’t seen for 35 years to get in touch.

The elderly four-piece original jazz band are now in rehearsals for a reunion show at Mellifont Abbey care home next year.

Mr Hardy said: “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.”

Life-long musician Mr Hardy set up his first band when he returned from serving in Japan in World War II.

But he grew depressed when he recently moved into the care home initially leaving his wife for 75 years, Betty, 91, at home, and was diagnosed with dementia.

Staff put out an online appeal for bandmates, and received more than 80 replies.

Edward Hardy, 93, pictured at Mellifont Abbey care home in Wookey, where Activities Coordinator Sam Kinsella put an advert on Gumtree to find him band members to play with. See SWNS story SWJAM; Musicians have come forward to jam with a 95-year-old pianist after a nationwide appeal was made on Gumtree to find him some new bandmates. The festive wish was granted for ex jazz player, Edward Hardy, when more than 80 musicians from across the UK replied to the heart-warming advert. Amazingly, despite now suffering from dementia, the talented war veteran has still retained his piano playing abilities. The pensioner wanted to start a new band because he felt so lonely after being separated from his wife for 75 years, Betty, 91, due to moving into a care home in Wookey, Somerset.

Already saxophonist Jezz Jackson and double bassist Greg Cordezz have jammed with the pensioner, who despite his illness has been able to play along without any problems.

Musician Jezz said: “Ed was born in the 1920s and has lived through all the major eras of music so this was also a special opportunity to perform with him.

“Ed really inspires me with how he has remembered to play music and play it so well and it’s like everything comes back to him when he’s on the piano. It’s truly amazing to see the response.”

Activities co-ordinator Mr Kinsella added: “It’s amazing how music can change people’s lives and the effects it has on people with cognitive conditions.

“The response from the advert has been overwhelming with people all over the UK offering to help.”

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