Pete Lay's Gambit Jazzmen

Their repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles.  Just as happy playing Oliver, Morton and Piron tunes as playing tunes of the Revival period. Not stuck in any one particular mode whether it be Classic Jazz or Traditional-style or New Orleans. Their heroes are Kid Ory ~ George Lewis ~ Bunk Johnson ~ King Oliver ~ Freddie Keppard .

Band Personnel:
Pete Lay - Drums
John Maddocks - clarinet, alto & tenor sax
Alan Gresty - Cornet
Barry Weston - Trombone
Roger Link - String Bass
Andy Maynard - Banjo, Guitar

Pete Lay - The band is led by drummer Pete Lay, who played with Ken Colyer on many occasions in the 1970s and 80s before joining Ken’s band for three years before his death. As well as leading the Gambit Jazzmen, Pete also played for many years with Bill Brunskill both abroad and at the Lord Napier in Thornton Heath. He has also been a regular visitor to New Orleans where he played with Chris Tyle’s Silver Leaf Jazz Band and has made many friends on the NOLA jazz scene. Pete is also drummer with the Yerba Buena Celebration Band and Sussex Jazz Kings

Alan Gresty - joined the Gambit Jazzmen in 2015. John is a very accomplished musician who, although influenced by the great clarinettists of New Orleans, has a style that is very much his own. He also plays alto and tenor sax and is featured on these instruments. John has given the band a new dimension to its presentation, but the musical direction of the band remains the same. He also leads his own very successful band – John Maddocks Jazzmen -  and is a very popular player with the U.K. jazz audiences.

Barry Weston - Originally from Yorkshire, Barry played with Bob Barclay’s Yorkshire Jazz Band before joining the London jazz scene when he moved south in the early sixties. Barry is renowned for his earthy ‘Ory’ style playing and has played with Les Haricots Rouge, Ken Colyer and Sammy Rimington and many other bands both on the continent and at home. Barry having returned to Wakefield still manages to play most of the Gambit Jazzmen gigs.

Roger Link - has been playing for about 58 years and has worked with Pete and most of the other guys in other bands. He played with Barry in John Defferary’s Creole Jazz Band, and he also worked in the Medway Delta Jazz Band, Bob Wallis’ Storyville Jazz Band, and Classic Jazz with Denny Illett and Dick Charlesworth.

Roger Link - returned to the fold in 2013 having played with Pete, Roger and Barry in the Phoenix Jazz Band in the 1970s. He started playing in and around Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells in the early 1960s. Andy played many times with Ken Colyer and was to later join Sonny Morris and The Delta Jazz Band, but was recruited to the Gambit Jazzmen when Chris Marney found it difficult travelling long distances to their gigs, having moved to Lincolnshire. Andy is a popular member of the band and his services are regularly asked for by other bands as a dep.



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14

Jan

Winter Jazz Party

Funky Butt N'Awlins Jazz Band,

Golden Eagle Jazz Band,

John Maddocks Jazzmen,

New Orleans Heat,

New Orleans Jazz Bandits,

Pete Lay's Gambit Jazzmen,

Savannah Jazz Band

Sand Bay Leisure Resort - Somerset

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Mar

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04

Mar

Pete Lay at Sinah Warren

Doc Houlind's Revival All Stars,

John Maddocks Jazzmen,

New Orleans Heat,

Pete Lay's Gambit Jazzmen,

Savannah Jazz Band,

T J Johnson Band,

Vitality Five

Sinah Warren Coastal Hotel - Warner

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Apr

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29

Apr

Pete Lay at Norton Grange

Black Cat Jazz Band,

Golden Eagle Jazz Band,

John Maddocks Jazzmen,

Pete Lay's Gambit Jazzmen,

Roger Marks Cornish Armada,

Savannah Jazz Band

Norton Grange - Warner