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 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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Jack Costanzo Discography

Albums

Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo Has Brass (Album) Zephyr 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, Album) Norgran M GN-1067 USA, Canada & UK 1956 Sell This Version
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 Latin Fever (Album) Liberty US 1958 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah (Album) Liberty US 1959 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo Bongo! Cha Cha Cha! (Album) Golden Tone US 1957 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo Afro Can-Can (Album) Liberty US 1960 Sell This Version
LT 7137, LT7137 Jack Costanzo Afro Can-Can(Reel, 2tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Liberty, Bel Canto LT 7137, LT7137 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
Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* Costanzo* Plus Tubbs* - Equation In Rhythm (Album) Fontana, Fontana UK 1962 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano Jack Costanzo, Eddie Cano - Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! (Album) GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo US 1963 Sell This Version
Jack Costanza* Mr. Bongo (Album) Clarion, Clarion US 1964 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo Bongo Fever! Sunset Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo* - Latin Percussion With Soul (Album) Tico Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Mr. Bongo Jack Costanzo* Viva Tirado GNP Crescendo US 1971 Sell This Version
Jack Costanzo Back From Havana (Album) CuBop US 2001 Sell This Version
CBCD037 Jack Costanzo Scorching The Skins(CD, Album) Ubiquity, Cubop CBCD037 US 2001 Sell This Version
804 Jack Costanzo King of the Bongos Cha Cha Cha(LP, Mono) Clarity Records (3) 804 US Unknown 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
Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo* Viva Tirado / Guantanamera Vogue, GNP France 1972 Sell This Version

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