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Jack Costanzo


A premier percussionist and something from the few to emphasize bongos over congas, Jack port Costanzo taught himself both bongos and congas, and produced three trips to Havana within the ’40s to understand Afro-Cuban rhythms. He toured and performed with Stan Kenton in 1947 and 1948, after that caused Nat Ruler Cole from 1949 to 1953. Costanzo continuing to regularly play with both Cole and Kenton with the ’50s, dealing with Kenton until 1957 while also moving out his personal. This group documented in 1954 and 1957, later on touring London in 1961. Costanzo also worked well within the ’50s with Peggy Lee, Pérez Prado, Harry Wayne, Charlie Barnet, and Pete Rugolo. Costanzo held a comparatively low profile through the second option decades from the 20th hundred years, but enjoyed a resurgence in the past due ’90s. His return-to-form recording Back again from Havana premiered in 2001 accompanied by Scorching the Skins in 2002 (both on Cubop Information). Poultry and Grain was released by GNP/Crescendo in 2006.

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Full Name Jack Costanzo
Profession Composer, Conductor, Dancer, Bandleader, Percussionist
Nationality American
Music Songs Jive Samba, Latin Fever, Chopsticks Mambo, Bongo Fever, Viva Tirado, Goza Negra, Airegin, Coco May May, Just One Of Those Things, Quimbara, Chicken and Rice, Bongo Festeris, Abaniquito, Peanut Vendor, Peter Gunn Mambo, El Resbaloso, Green Onions, Cumbanchero, Trompeta y Bongo, Bongo Lesson, Cat Walk, Mambo Costanzo, Bop Mambo, I Love Paris, Twang, Sax Con Ritmo, Mantaquilla, Montiki, Bei mir bist du schön, Bemba Colora, The Inch Worm, El Diablito
Albums Mr. Bongo Has Brass, Latin Percussion With Soul, Back From Havana, Afro Can-Can, Scorching the Skins, Latin Fever, Costanzo Plus Tubbs: Equation in Rhythm, Learn, Play Bongos With "Mr. Bongo", Lighthouse at Laguna, Music for Lighthousekeeping, Costanzo, Cano & Bongos!, At Last !, Latin Classics, Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah, All Aboard, Bongo Fever!, Malaguena, Days To Come, Mambo Fever, Express Yourself, Abaniquito - Descarga Guajira, Take a Bow, Explore, Equation in Rhythm, The Versatile Mr. Bongo Plays Jazz, Afro & Latin, Bang Bang Boogie, Vol. 2, Latin Fever (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1958), Jazz, Afro, And Latin Essentials, Jack Constanzo's Version of Cole Porter's Afro Can Can, Hornacopia, Lush Life, Peaches

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Harum Scarum 1965 Julna
Visit to a Small Planet 1960 Percussionist (uncredited)
Make Room for Daddy 1959 TV Series Waldo Kinster
Johnny Staccato 1959 TV Series Musician
Riddles in Rhythm 1956 Short Jack Costanzo
Small Town Girl 1953 Bongos Player (uncredited)



Touch of Evil 1958 performer: "Main Title Touch of Evil"
Bernardine 1957 performer: "Blue Moon" - uncredited
General Electric Theater 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

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Johnny Staccato 1959 TV Series musician - 1 episode



Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Kings of Cool the Classic Crooners 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Bernardine 1957 Himself - Orchestra leader
General Electric Theater 1956 TV Series Himself - Member: The Trio
Calypso Blues 1951 Short Himself
For Sentimental Reasons 1951 Short Himself
Home 1951 Short Himself
Route 66 1951 Short Himself
Sweet Lorraine 1951 Short Himself

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