by Mark Cotgrove



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/9/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781438973609

About the Book


Over 600 people celebrated the publication of Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove's seminal 'From Jazz Funk to Fusion & Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene' at Cargo in Shoreditch on Sunday July 19th. The event was co-sponsored by The Barbican and was part of the Blaze Festival. Snowboy joined BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson on the turntables and the book signing attracted serious jazz dance afficionados from all over the UK.

 'Couldn't put this book down - there's a lot of history here! A fine piece of work - respect to Snowboy for reminding me of a large chunk of my dj life'  Gilles Peterson

Tune in to Gilles' podcast with Snowboy : http://www.gillespeterson gillespeterson.rss

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From the Seventies to the Nineties, Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove illuminates the evolution of the Black music and clubbing in the UK. From Glasgow to Plymouth from Manchester to Birmingham from Leeds to London he meticulously traces the evolution of UK Jazz Dance  touching down at all-dayers, weekenders and dozens of clubs. He interviews over 200 DJs and dancers.

About the Author

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."