Jack Costanzo

Jack Costanzo

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American percussionist and bandleader.
Born 24 September 1919 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 [Invalid Artist] (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 [Invalid Artist]. He has continued to play for more than half a century, retiring in 1998 but making a comeback in 2001.
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Jack Costanzo Discography

Albums

ZP 12003 G Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass (Album) Zephyr ZP 12003 G US 1956 Sell This Version
M GN-1067 Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars - Afro-Cubano(LP) Norgran Records M GN-1067 USA, Canada & UK 1956 Sell This Version
A 3002 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
LST 7020 Jack Costanzo Latin Fever (Album) Liberty LST 7020 US 1958 Sell This Version
LST 7109 Jack Costanzo Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah (Album) Liberty LST 7109 US 1959 Sell This Version
C4061 Jack Costanzo Bongo! Cha Cha Cha! (Album) Golden Tone C4061 US 1960 Sell This Version
LRP 3137 Jack Costanzo Afro Can-Can (Album) Liberty LRP 3137 US 1960 Sell This Version
LRP-3177 Jack Costanzo Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo"(LP, Album, Mono) Liberty LRP-3177 US 1961 Sell This Version
STFL 598 Jack Costanzo with Tubby Hayes Jack Costanzo with Tubby Hayes - Costanzo Plus Tubbs – Equation In Rhythm (Album) Fontana STFL 598 UK 1962 Sell This Version
GNP 90 Jack Costanzo Costanzo, Cano & Bongos!(LP, Album, RE) GNP Crescendo GNP 90 US 1963 Sell This Version
621 Jack Costanza* Mr. Bongo (Album) Clarion, Clarion 621 US 1964 Sell This Version
SUM-1134 Jack Costanzo Bongo Fever! Sunset Records SUM-1134 US 1966 Sell This Version
LP 1177 Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* - Latin Percussion With Soul (Album) Tico Records LP 1177 US 1968 Sell This Version
GNPS 2057 Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Viva Tirado GNP Crescendo GNPS 2057 US 1971 Sell This Version
CBCD 028 Jack Costanzo Back From Havana (Album) CuBop CBCD 028 US 2001 Sell This Version
CBCD307 Jack Costanzo Scorching The Skins(CD, Album) Ubiquity, Cubop CBCD307 US 2001 Sell This Version
GNP-44 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, Mono) GNP Crescendo GNP-44 US Unknown Sell This Version
TMT 7529 Jack Costanza* Dance Time Featuring Jack Costanza, "Mr. Bongo'(LP, Mono) Tiara Records TMT 7529 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZP 7003 Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass(7", EP, Single, Promo, Mono) Zephyr Records ZP 7003 US 1956 Sell This Version
F-55194 Jack Costanzo I Got A Bongo / Barracuda(7", Single, Promo) Liberty F-55194 US 1959 Sell This Version
BO-77 Jack Costanzo Learn, Play Bongos "With Mr. Bongo"(7", EP, Promo) Liberty BO-77 US 1961 Sell This Version
S-70 Jack Costanzo Viva Tirado / Push Push Push(7") Palobal S-70 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
45.GN.4167 Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo* Viva Tirado / Guantanamera Vogue 45.GN.4167 France 1972 Sell This Version
112 Jack Costanzo Conga Boogie(12") Dore 112 US 1979 Sell This Version
UR12098 Jack Costanzo / As One / Yesterdays New Quintet Jack Costanzo / As One / Yesterdays New Quintet - Rewind 12" Ubiquity UR12098 US 2002 Sell This Version

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