Award-winning bassist Gary Crosby OBE recovering following a stroke

Jazzwise received this statement from Trudy Lister of Tomorrow's Warriors this morning regarding award-winning bassist Gary Crosby:

"Gary Crosby OBE, Artistic Director of Tomorrow's Warriors and Jazz Jamaica suffered a stroke on Monday 29 January just a few days after celebrating his birthday with family and friends.

Gary is in his local hospital after being seen by the team in the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit in A&E (one of only eight such units in the whole of London) and within about an hour of arriving at the hospital, Gary was admitted to the Stroke Unit Ward.

Janine Irons MBE, Gary's partner and Managing Director of Tomorrow's Warriors said; "I can't express how grateful we are to the paramedics for getting us to the unit so promptly. The good news is: we caught the stroke early enough to avoid too much damage to the brain, and the medics expect Gary to make a full recovery within 4-6 weeks, provided he does his physio exercises and takes proper rest, and we'll be doing all we can to help him do just that.

Of course, this means we've had to clear Gary's diary for the whole of February and are having to think carefully about any dates in March, but time will tell. As far as our sessions at Southbank Centre and Rich Mix are concerned, we've pretty much got everything covered, as all members of the Tomorrow's Warriors team have stepped up to lend support.

Meantime, Gary has started a course of physiotherapy and, according to the Stroke Team, is making excellent progress. So we're reassured that, despite the shocking news, Gary is on the mend, in good hands, and confident he'll be back on his bass, cracking his old jokes, and putting our young musicians through their paces again very soon. Gary and I extend our warm thanks to all our family, friends, supporters and colleagues for their support and understanding at this challenging time."
Trudy Lister

Jazzwise wishes Gary a speedy recovery and a return to full strength.

For more info on Tomorrow's Warriors visit www.tomorrowswarriors.org

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