He’s played jazz with the likes of Wayne shorter, Al Jarreau, Peter Erskine and the Buddy Rich big band and rocked with Black Sabbath, Ian Gillan, Cozy Powell and Ginger Baker. A consummate performer and studio musician, he has recorded several albums under his own name and has lead his own Big band since 1998, a remarkable and varied career defined by his innate versatility Laurence Cottle still continues to perform and record with some of the biggest names in entertainment across a myriad of musical styles. The bassist of choice for many, Laurence has recorded with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Gary Moore, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield and Procul Harum.
The bass player with Bill Bruford’s “Earthworks” and 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 Tim Garland.
A remarkable musician with an International reputation it is fair to say that he is one of the finest electric bass players ever to come out of the UK.
Laurence is a Jazz Bass Professor at the Guildhall School of Music in London and was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Musicians in 2019.