He still swings!
British war veteran and lifelong jazz pianist Edward Hardy recently went to live in a nursing home at the age of 95 because he has dementia. After arriving at the facility, he missed his wife of 75 years desperately, and his only wish was to play in a jazz band again. A worker at the facility placed an ad on the Gumtree classified site asking if any musicians would like to come play with Hardy, and the response was unbelievable.
Over 80 musicians asked to come out to Wookey, Somerset (just outside of Bristol, England), and jam with Hardy. Out of the large batch of applicants, the band was narrowed down to a quintet, with Hardy starring on piano. Even though he has dementia, Hardy has retained all of his musical abilities. After a lively first performance, Hardy’s band looks forward to reuniting in the months to come.
Here’s Hardy and company doing a hot version of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” made famous by Frank Sinatra.
(H/T Viral Nova)