Jack Costanzo

Real Name:
James Costanzo
Profile:
American percussionist and bandleader.
Born 24 September 1919 in Chicago, Illinois Died August 19, 2018 in California USA. Nicknamed “Mr. Bongo” for his role in making the instrument popular, almost starting a “bongo craze” as latin rhythms influenced jazz and pop following World War II. Originally a dancer, Costanzo visitied Cuba several times to learn conga playing, before reportedly being the first bongo player to join a jazz band. He played with Stan Kenton (1947–1948), Nat King Cole (1949–1953], Billy May And His Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Perez Prado, Charlie Barnet, Ray Anthony, Xavier Cugat, Frank Sinatra and others. In the 1950s Costanzo formed his own “Exotica” style band. In the early 1960s he was a member of the studio musicians group The Surfmen. He has continued to play for more than half a century, retiring in 1998 but making a comeback in 2001.

Note: Manuel Santo is a pseudonym for Jack Costanzo that appears originally on (French) America Records releases but also on successors Musidisc, Visadisc, and sometimes on other reissues. See for instance here, there, there. Manuel Santo was also used as a pseudonym for Tito Rivera (3) on those releases.
Please add correct credit Jack Costanzo (or Tito Rivera) in this case, according to RSG §1.7.2. Alias is not appropriate, pseudonym was not Costanzo (or Rivera) choice.
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Albums

ZP 12003 G Jack Costanzo - Mr. Bongo Has Brass album art Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass (Album) Zephyr Records ZP 12003 G US 1956 Sell This Version
804 Jack Costanzo - King Of The Bongos album art Jack Costanzo King Of The Bongos (Album) Clarity Records (2) 804 US 1957 Sell This Version
804 Jack Costanzo Cha Cha Cha(LP, Album, Mono) Tops Music Enterprises, Corp. 804 US 1957 Sell This Version
TMT 7529 Jack Costanzo - Dance Time Featuring Jack Costanza, "Mr. Bongo' album art Jack Costanza* Dance Time Featuring Jack Costanza, "Mr. Bongo' (Album) Tiara Records TMT 7529 US 1958 Sell This Version
LRP 3093 Jack Costanzo - Latin Fever album art Jack Costanzo Latin Fever (Album) Liberty LRP 3093 US 1958 Sell This Version
A 3002 Jack Costanzo - Mucho Calor (Much Heat) album art Conte Candoli, Jack Costanza*, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheko*, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker Conte Candoli, Jack Costanza*, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheko*, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker - Mucho Calor (Much Heat) (Album) Andex A 3002 US 1958 Sell This Version
LRP 3109 Jack Costanzo - Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah album art Jack Costanzo Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah (Album) Liberty LRP 3109 US 1959 Sell This Version
LRP 3137 Jack Costanzo - Afro Can-Can album art Jack Costanzo Afro Can-Can (Album) Liberty LRP 3137 US 1960 Sell This Version
GNP-44 Jack Costanzo - Dancing On The Sunset Strip album art Eddie Cano & Jack Costanzo With Tony Martinez And His Orchestra Eddie Cano & Jack Costanzo With Tony Martinez And His Orchestra - Dancing On The Sunset Strip(LP, Album, Mono) GNP Crescendo GNP-44 US 1960 Sell This Version
LRP-3177 Jack Costanzo - Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo" album art Jack Costanzo Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo"(LP, Album, Mono) Liberty LRP-3177 US 1961 Sell This Version
TFL 5190, 680 981 TL Jack Costanzo - Equation In Rhythm album art Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* - Equation In Rhythm (Album) Fontana, Fontana TFL 5190, 680 981 TL UK 1962 Sell This Version
GNP 90, GNPS-90 Jack Costanzo - Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! album art Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano - Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! (Album) GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo GNP 90, GNPS-90 US 1963 Sell This Version
621 Jack Costanzo - Mr. Bongo album art Jack Costanza* Mr. Bongo (Album) Clarion, Clarion 621 US 1965 Sell This Version
LP 1177 Jack Costanzo - Latin Percussion With Soul album art Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* - Latin Percussion With Soul (Album) Tico Records LP 1177 US 1968 Sell This Version
CA 5031 Jack Costanzo - Viva Tirado album art Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Featuring Gerri Woo* Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Featuring Gerri Woo* - Viva Tirado (Album) GNP Crescendo CA 5031 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
CBCD 028 Jack Costanzo - Back From Havana album art Jack Costanzo Back From Havana (Album) CuBop CBCD 028 US 2001 Sell This Version
CD 53358 Jack Costanzo - Nat King Cole Trio with Jack Costanzo album art Nat King Cole Trio* with Jack Costanzo Nat King Cole Trio* with Jack Costanzo - Nat King Cole Trio with Jack Costanzo(CD, Album) Giants Of Jazz CD 53358 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
CBCD037 Jack Costanzo - Scorching The Skins album art Jack Costanzo Scorching The Skins(CD, Album) Ubiquity, Cubop CBCD037 US 2002 Sell This Version
048 Jack Costanzo - Piano Y Bongos album art Eddie Cano, Jack Costanzo Eddie Cano, Jack Costanzo - Piano Y Bongos (Album) Circulo Musical 048 Colombia Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

132 Jack Costanzo - Mambo Costanzo / Mr. Bongo album art Jack Costanzo Mambo Costanzo / Mr. Bongo (Single) Norgran Records 132 US 1955 Sell This Version
ZP 7003 Jack Costanzo - Mr. Bongo Has Brass album art Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass(7", EP, Single, Mono, Promo) Zephyr Records ZP 7003 US 1956 Sell This Version
F-55194 Jack Costanzo - I Got A Bongo / Barracuda album art Jack Costanzo I Got A Bongo / Barracuda (Single) Liberty F-55194 US 1959 Sell This Version
BO-77 Jack Costanzo - Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo" album art Jack Costanzo Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo"(7", EP, Promo) Liberty BO-77 US 1961 Sell This Version
CID-17112 Jack Costanzo - Perfidia / Mula Santo / La Pachanga / Tumbale Le album art Tito Gómez*, Jack Costanzo, Rico Do Brazil Tito Gómez*, Jack Costanzo, Rico Do Brazil - Perfidia / Mula Santo / La Pachanga / Tumbale Le(7", EP) CID (3) CID-17112 Spain 1962 Sell This Version
1012 Jack Costanzo - Cowabunga (Wow!) / Cat Walk album art Jack Costanzo Cowabunga (Wow!) / Cat Walk(7", Single, Promo) Mosaic Records (3) 1012 US 1963 Sell This Version