Jack Costanzo

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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.
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Albums

Jack Costanzo - Afro-Cubano album art Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars - Afro-Cubano (Album) Norgran US 1956 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Mr. Bongo Has Brass album art Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass (Album) Zephyr Records US 1956 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - King Of The Bongos album art Jack Costanzo King Of The Bongos (Album) Clarity Records (2) US 1957 Sell This Version
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, Comp) Andex US 1958 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Dance Time Featuring Jack Costanza, "Mr. Bongo' album art Jack Costanza* Dance Time Featuring Jack Costanza, "Mr. Bongo' (Album) Tiara Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Latin Fever album art Jack Costanzo Latin Fever (Album) Liberty US 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1959 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Afro Can-Can album art Jack Costanzo Afro Can-Can (Album) Liberty 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
Jack Costanzo - Equation In Rhythm album art Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* - Equation In Rhythm (Album) Fontana, Fontana UK 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! album art Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano - Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! (Album) GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo US 1963 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Mr. Bongo album art Jack Costanza* Mr. Bongo (Album) Clarion, Clarion US 1964 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Latin Percussion With Soul album art Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* - Latin Percussion With Soul (Album) Tico Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Viva Tirado album art Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Featuring Gerri Woo* Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Featuring Gerri Woo* - Viva Tirado GNP Crescendo US 1971 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Back From Havana album art Jack Costanzo Back From Havana (Album) CuBop 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
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, Mono) GNP Crescendo GNP-44 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

132 Jack Costanzo - Mambo Costanzo / Mr. Bongo album art Jack Costanzo Mambo Costanzo / Mr. Bongo(Shellac, 10") 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
Jack Costanzo - I Got A Bongo / Barracuda album art Jack Costanzo I Got A Bongo / Barracuda (Single) Liberty 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 album art Jack Costanzo Viva Tirado / Push Push Push(7") Palobal S-70 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo - Viva Tirado / Guantanamera album art Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo* Viva Tirado / Guantanamera Vogue, GNP France 1972 Sell This Version
112 Jack Costanzo - Conga Boogie album art Jack Costanzo Conga Boogie(12") Dore 112 US 1979 Sell This Version

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