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Ben Cottrell

I'm a saxophonist, composer and producer based in Manchester, UK. I direct the Beats & Pieces Big Band and co-run Efpi Records, an independent label and umbrella organisation promoting the activities of an emerging generation of musicians based across the UK and Scandinavia.


Article: Album Review

Beats and Pieces Big Band: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Ian Patterson

You'd be hard pressed to find a similarly sized big-band with the energy and spark exhibited by Manchester outfit Beats and Pieces Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble began life in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008, when Ben Cottrell gathered thirteen of his fellow musicians to give life to his compositions. Ten years on, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More

Read "Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we begin with a profile of a the fresh jazz sounds out of the United Kingdom with The Beats and Pieces Big Band featuring the group's leader Ben Cottrell off their latest commemorative CD simply entitled Ten. It celebrates a full decade of their groundbreaking jazz groove. The hour continues with a mincing of ...


Article: Live Review

Bray Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 28-30, 2017 There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...


Article: Album Review

Beats & Pieces Big Band: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

While almost every sensible thought screams “Don't Do It!" for good economic and logistical reasons, there are still plenty of jazz musicians for whom the big band is an ideal--and an attainable one at that. Manchester's Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fine example--the name may or may not be a nod to Manchester's '60s ...


News: Award / Grant

Beats & Pieces Big Band - European Young Artists' Jazz Award Winners 2011

Beats & Pieces Big Band - European Young Artists' Jazz Award Winners 2011

Efpi Records is proud to announce that the Beats & Pieces Big Band have been named as the winners of the 2011 Burghausen European Young Artists' Jazz Award. Their prize was a cheque for £ 15,000 and the honour of performing the opening concert of the 42nd Burghausen International Jazz Festival in Germany, taking to the ...


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