Laurence Cottle Quartet

Friday 19th October 2018 - Saturday 10th November 2018
Dates: Friday 19th October - Saturday 10th November
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Friday 19th October 2018
- Saturday 10th November 2018

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Laurence Cottle Quartet

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Nov lineup: Laurence Cottle (bass), Paul Stacey (guitar), Ian Thomas (drums fri), Ernesto Simpson (drums sat)

Laurence Cottle has been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players, recording for major Hollywood movie soundtracks, and session work with some of the biggest names in rock and pop.

Laurence is credited with appearances on over 100 albums. He has recorded with Alan Price, Van Morrison, Brian Eno, Seal, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, and Mike Oldfield. The bass player with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Pee Wee Ellis’s Funk Assembly, and a regular part of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, his jazz credentials are impeccable, including work with the likes of Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello and Al Jarreau. His playing has appeared on the soundtracks to the films Cavatina, Lethal Weapon, and Crossroads. He has also contributed original music to television series including Friends, Spongebob Squarepants, Kavanagh QC, Matlock, All My Children, Big Brother, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Cybill, and Emmerdale.

Laurence has recorded three albums under his own name and continues to tour with his big band, showcasing his considerable ability as a composer and arranger. Alongside his teaching at ICMP,  Laurence is also a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Born in Swansea, into a musical and theatrical family, Cottle was one of three brothers who helped their father (a pianist) in his variety act. “We were all encouraged to play the piano,” he continues, “and also to take up a second musical instrument.” Cottle chose the trombone, while the eldest brother took up the trumpet and the middle brother the clarinet. With little music in school, he remembers going to a private trombone teacher, “where I did all the grades.” At the same time, his father realised that his growing family had the necessary instrumentation to set up a trad jazz band, and so throughout his early teens Cottle toured Wales and the West Midlands, gaining valuable “playing” experience.

Dates: Friday 19th October - Saturday 10th November
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