Pete Lay’s Gambit Jazzmen have been star attractions at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle since its launch in July, 2011. This year their return on Saturday, 13th July, was greeted not only by enthusiastic festival fans but also by the glorious evening sunshine.
Fans were especially pleased to see Johnny Rodgers back with the band after his successful battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is playing as well as ever much to the joy of his wife Cathy who risked a daring sky-dive to raise £5,000 for the Lymphoma Association.
Before the band’s arrival at The Small Boat Owners Club festival venue in Ramsgate rumours had been rife about a happy change in Pete Lay’s circumstances. But, as professionally laid back yet dynamic on drums as ever, Pete didn’t give any hint of what that might be. So we are delighted that Pete has given Jazz&Jazz permission to include a very special announcement from him in this post.
Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz