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.