Snowboy and the Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove.
So much Latin music these days has got so watered down or slow. There’s too much pandering to these Salsa dance classes. But my band is here to keep stoking the fire and ensure we make it exciting through our live performances and records the way Latin music is meant to be. We deliver the Mambo-influenced messages that Tito Puente did and Eddie Palmieri does. Please go to the band’s press release for more information. As a percussionist in many styles, I have performed or recorded with Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Rod Temperton, Mark Ronson, Basia, Simply Red, Makoto Kuriya, Flaco Jimenez, Airto Moreira, Deodato, Mick Hucknall, Herman Olivera, Jon Lucien, James Taylor Quartet, Mica Paris, Incognito, Patti Austin, Big Boy Bloater and many many more.
2015 will be Snowboy’s 30th anniversary, so watch out for news of many very special concerts and festivals all over the world; including an Australasian and US tour.
OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS AS A MUSICIAN
Currently touring with the incredible Soul Singer Lisa Stansfield. I have done every live gig with Lisa since the late 80’s and am honoured to have had a little more ‘hands on’ involvement with the upcoming album – having co-produced the track ‘Carry on’ and seen my remix of her beautiful track from the ‘Seven’ album ‘Love Can’ reach number one for 3 weeks in the Soul charts.
The music director of ‘The Fantasy Funk Band’, An all-star band voted for by the listeners of BBC 6 Music’s ‘Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show’.
A member of the powerful big band Funk super-group ‘The Sound Stylistics’.
I play for Martin Johnson B3, an incredible Jazz organist in the Blue Note/Prestige-style. His quartet features Jazz legend Jim Mullen on Guitar. www.martinjohnsonb3.com
AS A DISC JOCKEY
Resident DJ every Friday at ‘The Good Foot’
at the incredible Electric Carousel, in Piccadilly, (formally at a 5 year residency at Madame Jojo’s in Soho) Playing 60’s & 70’s R&B, Funk, Soul, Boogaloo, Rare Groove and Mambo, with the UK’s greatest guest DJ’s, Regular Album launches from ACE Records and exclusive concert after-parties.
Resident at the bi-annually ‘Goldmine Reunion’ with the DJ Godfather Chris Hill.
Resident DJ at the ‘South London Soul Train’ First and third Sat of every month at The Bussey Building -Peckham
AS A PROMOTER, PRODUCER, WRITER ETC
Former curator of 1930’s & 40’s entertainment for Wayne Hemingway’s celebrated ‘Vintage’ festivals
Co-organiser of a 30’s & 40’s weekender in beautiful Torquay, Devon called ‘Riviera Swing’.
Author of the music and social history book ‘From Jazz Funk And Fusion To Acid Jazz’.
Former Columnist for ‘Blues And Soul’
– the longest running Black music publication in the World.
Compiler of 8 forthcoming compilation CD’s for BBE records
Producer of this incredible singer/song writer called D.B. Cohen. Imagine a cross between Paul Weller, early Who, The Kooks, Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, Two Tone Ska and original Ska and that’s it! CLICK ON THE LOGO FOR MORE INFO OR TO LISTEN!!!
Former Trustee and Governor of ‘The Inclusion Trust’. It’ll take too long to explain so please take a minute to look at the website. Maybe you can get involved? www.inclusiontrust.org.uk