Snowboy

Snowboy

Real Name:
Mark Cotgrove
Profile:
As DJ, producer, percussionist and band leader (The Latin Seeds), Snowboy has been spreading the word of Afro-Cuban Jazz for over three decades.

After initially being drawn to the Teddyboy rock scene, but after becoming disillusioned with the continued violence he saw surrounding it, he was introduced to jazz and black music by an old friend and never looked back.

He began as a DJ in the 1970's, also learning percussion, he found a natural home on the Acid Jazz label, run by Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller in the late 1980's.

As a DJ he also ran the Hi-Hat Jazz-Dance Club at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town, London, which has been a cornerstone of the jazz dance scene surviving all other club fads.

After a wrist injury, he released his 12th album in 2004 appropriately entitled, "New Beginnings".

Considered as one of the most knowledgeable jazz dance DJ's worldwide, he has even showcased UK jazz dance music and dancing, with a troupe of dancers, at Yale University in the USA in 2009.

Generally considered to be one of Europe's finest congueros (congo players), he usually has a long list of projects on the go. The major one was his book released in 2009 called "From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene", which outlines the various properties of what happened and when through over 10 years of interviews with insiders on the scene and drawing references from publications along the way.
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Snowboy Discography

Albums

AJXCD105 Snowboy The Soul Of Snowboy (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD105 UK 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CRAX 001 Snowboy & The G.L. Band Snowboy & The G.L. Band - Bring On The Beat(12") Arc Records (2) CRAX 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
URBX 44 DJ Snowboy Snowboy's House Of Latin (Single) Urban (2) URBX 44 DJ UK 1989 Sell This Version
BLR 54 Snowboy Featuring Noel McKoy Snowboy Featuring Noel McKoy - Give Me The Sunshine (Single) Big Life BLR 54 UK 1991 Sell This Version
JAZID 42T Snowboy Featuring Noel McCoy* Snowboy Featuring Noel McCoy* - Lucky Fellow (Single) Acid Jazz JAZID 42T UK 1991 Sell This Version
JAZID 58CD Snowboy The 3 Faces Of Snowboy (Girl Overboard) (Maxi) Acid Jazz JAZID 58CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
SJR CD09 Anna Ross With Snowboy Anna Ross With Snowboy - Where Love Lives (Maxi) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD09 UK 1993 Sell This Version
JAZID 147CD Snowboy The New Avengers Acid Jazz JAZID 147CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
FARX 207 Snowboy Jazzakuti(12") Family Affair FARX 207 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
UR12-050 Snowboy Featuring Liliana Chachian Snowboy Featuring Liliana Chachian - The New Latinaires #6 Ubiquity UR12-050 US 1999 Sell This Version
UR12 068 Snowboy The New Latinaires #11(12", Ltd) Ubiquity UR12 068 US 2000 Sell This Version
SLM PRO 16 Snowboy Casa Forte(12", Promo) Spiritual Life Music SLM PRO 16 US 2000 Sell This Version
CF 056 Dr. Bob Jones & The Interns* Featuring Snowboy Dr. Bob Jones & The Interns* Featuring Snowboy - It's About Time Chillifunk Records CF 056 UK 2003 Sell This Version

Compilations

OCHOCD002 Snowboy The Hi-Hat (The True Jazz Dance Sessions) (Comp) Ocho OCHOCD002 UK 2000 Sell This Version
OCHOCD009 Snowboy The Return Of The Hi-Hat (Essential Cuban, Brazilian Hard Bop + Fusion) (Comp) Ocho OCHOCD009 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SMDCD340 Snowboy Beyond The Snowstorm (Best Of The Acid Jazz Years)(2xCD, Comp) Snapper Music SMDCD340 UK 2001 Sell This Version
METRCD132 Snowboy Latin Fever! The Best Of Snowboy's Acid Jazz Years(CD, Comp) Metro METRCD132 UK 2004 Sell This Version
FANIA1041462 Snowboy Afro Cuban Kaleidoscope (Comp) Fania Records FANIA1041462 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
FSRCD009 Snowboy The Hi-Hat (The World's No.1 Real Jazz Dance Session) (Comp) Freestyle Records (2) FSRCD009 UK 2006 Sell This Version
CDBGPD 190 Snowboy Snowboy's Soul Spectacular(CD, Comp) BGP Records CDBGPD 190 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CDBGPD 280 DJ Snowboy* The Good Foot (Comp) BGP Records CDBGPD 280 UK 2014 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Snowboy The Hi-Hat (The World's Number 1 Jazz Dance Session)(CD, Mixed, Promo) Jazz Cafe none UK 2005 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

E=mc05 Snowboy / Oaf Snowboy / Oaf - Untitled EP(Lathe, 8") Equation Records (2) E=mc05 US 2004 Sell This Version

Reviews

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jimthing

jimthing

April 28, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
His first single "Bring On The Beat" (released in September 1985, limited pressing of only 750 on Arc Records [cat.#: CRAX 001]; a really rare record!) was released in 1985 but it was the legendary Acid Jazz label that provided Snowboy with a platform for his first album "Ritmo Snowbo" in 1988.

Acid Jazz released seven LP's by Snowboy, & at the height of the so-called 'Acid Jazz' movement in 1993, he hit the UK independent charts with the Latin Jazz LP "Something's Coming", which nestled in the top ten right next to Depeche Mode and The Smiths!

Until recently, Snowboy was recording for the famous US Latin Jazz label Cu-bop (a subsidiary of Ubiquity), and had three critically acclaimed LP's with them. With Cu-bop he scored a worldwide club hit in 2000 with a version on Edu Lobo’s classic "Casa Forte" which was remixed by Joe Claussell.

Snowboy is now proudly recording for the Chillifunk label. In 2003 he also had a joint Chillifunk-released single entitled "It’s About Time" with the Interns. Unlike many of today’s overly polished Latin Jazz recordings, Snowboy’s LP’s are non-stop Afro-Cuban jams and catchy Mambos reminiscent of the early works of Eddie and Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente, & show a firm understanding of the Latin Jazz forefathers. In fact, Snowboy and the Palmieri's are now good friends, sharing the tradition of great latin jazz.

...keepin' the continuity of the Latin tradition relevent to today's sounds & on into the future!

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