Rehab with a Back Beat at Bradley Bay

A knee replacement was no match for a little toe-tapping as noted Sax player Al Fuller brought a back beat to rehab at Bradley Bay Health Center.

A knee replacement was no match for a little toe-tapping as noted Sax player Al Fuller brought a back beat to rehab at Bradley Bay Health Center.

Saxophone player Al Fuller, in a nursing home rehabbing a knee, can’t get out to play with his regular friends. So they came to play with him.

On Sun., March 9, at 2 p.m. at Bradley Bay Health Center, 605 Bradley Road in Bay Village, friends wheeled Al into the main dining room, where the piano sits, and kicked off a jam session that made everyone feel better.

Al, age 75, already had his saxophone; he insisted it be brought to him when he went into the nursing home. He plays it, accompanied by a CD player, to help ease his pain.

Accompanying Al were Jim Weis on bass, Dr. Pete Greco on keyboards, Scott Ruhe on trumpet and Ernie Rickard on drums. Veteran local vocalists Doris Long, Kai Allen and Neah Covington kept the party swinging.

All are Friday night regulars at the Waterbury Coach House in Lakewood, where they jam together. Other family members and friends also dropped by to enjoy the music.

Eric Eakin and Gloria Mager groove to the tunes at Bradley Bay.

Eric Eakin and Gloria Mager groove to the tunes at Bradley Bay.

“Al played sax when he was younger, but put it away for 30 years,” longtime friend Ed Pivcevich said. “Then he was at the Coach House one night years ago and got the itch. He’s played there almost every Friday since, for free, just for the love of the music. It has saved his life.”

“Our residents and staff were really looking forward to this wonderful event,” Bradley Bay Health Center Owner John O’Neill said. “It’s things like this that keep us all young.”

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