SNOWBOY? Author... Conguero... Rockabilly... anything else?
To say that the author of the highly anticipated From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene is unique would be an understatement.
Mark Cotgrove aka Snowboy, is a son of Southend-On-Sea... a jazz-man, a soulboy who dresses like a rockabilly - quiff - biker boots 'n'all - who maintains a global reputation as an Afro Cuban percussionist, bandleader, DJ, club promoter, music critic and journalist.
Snowboy has spent the last 10 years putting together this amazing 300 page book which, through 200+ interviews, documents the UK's unique Jazz Dance scene from the seventies to the mid-nineties. This is a labour of love dedicated to the dancers and the DJs he's grown up alongside on the dancefloors of clubs all over the UK - like The Goldmine, Electric Ballroom, Berlin and The Wag.
As a musician, Snowboy was pivotal in the UK Acid Jazz scene. He has released 15 albums and 20 singles in a career that spans over 25 years and has taken him and his authentic Afro-Cuban sound to concert stages all over the world.
A World-leader in Afro-related History, Music and Art. Professor Robert Farris Thompson of Yale University states in his 'Foreward' to the book:
"Shakespeare himself, who once poked fun at over-elegance in favour of direct Anglo Saxon, would have been proud of this lad. In sum, the cultural significance of the text is immense. It is a classic in the field of dance and music."