Jack Costanzo

A premier percussionist and one of the few to emphasize bongos over congas, Jack Costanzo taught himself both bongos and congas, and made three visits to Havana in the '40s to learn Afro-Cuban rhythms.

He toured and performed with Stan Kenton in 1947 and 1948, then worked with Nat King Cole from 1949 to 1953. Costanzo continued to periodically play with both Cole and Kenton through the '50s, working with Kenton until 1957 while also heading out his own. This group recorded in 1954 and 1957, later touring London in 1961.

Costanzo also worked in the '50s with Peggy Lee, Pérez Prado, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, and Pete Rugolo. Costanzo kept a relatively low profile during the latter decades of the 20th century, but made a comeback in the late '90s.

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Albums

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Mr. Bongo Has Brass
Strand Records
2013
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Latin Fever
Strand Records
2003
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Latin Percussion With...
Strand Records
2003
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Rewind 12"
Strand Records
2002
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Scorching The Skins
Scorching The Skins

2002
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Back From Havana
Strand Records
2001
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