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Heart attack sidelines project director

Ajay Heble
Ajay Heble

Ajay Heble, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project director, suffered a heart attack on Monday, May 26 during a return flight from Paris where he was presenting a paper on the project at a conference.

He was attended to by physicians and nurses who were on his flight. The airplane made an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Labrador, where he was transferred to hospital. He is now in stable condition.

Sheila O’Reilly, Ajay’s wife, is with him and we are in contact with her. We expect to hear within the next week where and when Ajay will be transferred for further care.

Both the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice executive and management meetings planned for June 1-3 will go ahead as planned, as will the Guelph Jazz Festival in September, of which Ajay is the creative director. Ellen Waterman, the University of Guelph site coordinator, will be acting project director during Ajay’s absence.

Cards and messages can be sent to Ajay and Sheila in care of the project office, at the address below.

Room 042 MacKinnon Building,
University of Guelph,
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
N1G 2W1

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.