Bassist | Composer | Arranger | Bandleader
Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year.
Towers rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The bands horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
Come and join the party as we say thank you to Tower of Power for supplying us with 50 years of the funkiest music around.
Following a sell-out concert at Ronnie Scott‘s, Laurence Cottle‘s Soul Vaccination is a funk big band that plays the music of T.O.P. A powerhouse of Jazz and soul musicians from the UK, Soul Vaccination will Funk the Dumb Stuff and Give you the Proof you need to make you Souled out! So if you‘re Still a Young Man and Diggin on James Brown, you know What is Hip? A 50th birthday party not to miss!
BANDLEADER & BASS
Nigel Hitchcock | James Gardiner-Bateman
Martin Williams | Toby Stewart
Louis Dowdeswell | Tom Walsh
Andy Greenwood | James Copus
Mark Nightingale | Neil Sidwell | Ade Hallowell | Nichol Thomson
Gareth Williams Power Trio
Gareth’s latest project is The Gareth Williams Power Trio, featuring Laurence Cottle on electric bass and Ian Thomas on drums.
The Power Trio released ‘Shock!’ (Linn Records) to great critical acclaim in March 2009. The album features twelve original compositions and a blistering interpretation of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’. ‘Williams is a hugely gifted pianist, with an apparently endless fund of ideas, plus the detachment to organize them into coherent shapes’. Dave Gelly, The Observer. ‘A prodigiously talented pianist… a joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality, muscularity, it’s shockingly good’. Mojo Magazine. ’The wow factor in Gareth Williams’ all-Welsh trio comes from projecting controlled, inner power into the music… Altogether a triumph of Welsh wizardry. 5 stars’ Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine.
The Music Of Tower Of Power performed by The Laurence Cottle Big Band.
Laurence Cottle Guest Artist
Laurence is available to guest with your big band or ensemble, combining some of his charts with your library. He can provide a daytime workshop and rehearsal, followed by an evening performance. Please email Laurence for more information and availability.
Laurence Cottle Big Band
A 16 piece All- Star Big Band featuring the UK's finest jazz musicians. Playing original arrangements by Laurence - this powerhouse big band is available for concerts and festivals Worldwide.
Laurence Cottle, visiting guest artist with The Royal Northern College of Music & Drama, Manchester.