Keith is an Australian Jazz legend, his work with the trumpet and coronet inspiring the likes of Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky. He’s always been admired for his ability to switch from genre to genre and tempo to tempo. But then Keith had to switch to life with a pacemaker.
At 83, Keith has a work ethic and zest for life that would put many younger men to shame. He’s played for over 50 years with some of the biggest names in Australian music, and himself was part of seminal 70s Jazz duo McJAD.
As well as playing music, Keith writes music and screenplays, works in the not-for-profit sector and dabbles in advertising.(Incidentally, if you want to hear Keith’s work, Google him. You’ll find plenty of places where you can pick up his CDs.)
Keith had been experiencing problems with his heart for some time. First AF (Arterial Filibrations) had to be treated, then a heart valve had to be replaced. But when fluttering was detected in his heart, a pacemaker was clearly the best option.
Despite the nature of the operation, and his age, Keith was confident with his procedure.
‘The MHC people were wonderful, always there to help. Emily and all the Brighton people deserve a special mention.’
‘The procedure itself was amazing, not invasive at all. No trouble!’
After completing a smooth recovery, Keith’s heart is back in shape and functioning well. Keith himself is fit and playing his beloved trumpet once again.
On the present evidence, it seems Keith will be making this particular transition with his signature grace and ease!