JACK COSTANZO

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Jack Costanzo is known and responsible for the popularity of the bongos all over the world. He introduced bongos into American music when he was with the famous Stan Kenton Band, which shot him to jazz fame overnight. Jack recorded with Stan such favorites as The Peanut Vendor, Bongo Riff, Cuban Carnival and about fifty other recordings. He was also featured at the famous Carnegie Hall with Stan Kenton in concert, which broke all attendance records. Jack next joined the late great Nat King Cole which caused the King Cole Trio to be changed to Nat King Cole and the Trio, featuring Jack Costanzo. Jack recorded on many of King Cole's hits, including Calypso Blues, Lover Come Back To Me, Lush Life, Alakazam and Yes Sir That's My Baby. Jack stayed with Nat almost five years, appearing all over the world, including the world famous Palladium. They also did The read more...
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Back From HavanaBack From Havana
UBIQUITY RECORDINGS, INC. 2001
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Latin FeverLatin Fever
Wax Time 2018
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Mr. BongoMr. Bongo
Jazzman 2015
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Plays Jazz, Afro and LatinPlays Jazz, Afro and Latin
Fresh Sounds Spain 2005
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Scorching The SkinsScorching The Skins
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Jack Costanzo - Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah - Lp Vinyl RecordJack Costanzo - Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah - Lp Vinyl Record
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JACK COSTANZO Jack Costanzo And His Afro Cuban Band : Mr. Bongo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jack Costanzo And His Afro Cuban Band : Mr. Bongo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1955
JACK COSTANZO Mr. Bongo Has Brass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Bongo Has Brass
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1956
JACK COSTANZO Mr. Bongo Plays Cha Cha Cha (aka Bongo! Cha Cha Cha!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Bongo Plays Cha Cha Cha (aka Bongo! Cha Cha Cha!)
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1957
JACK COSTANZO Latin Fever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latin Fever
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1958
JACK COSTANZO Afro Can-Can album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afro Can-Can
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1959
JACK COSTANZO Learn, Play Bongos With 0.00 | 0 ratings
Learn, Play Bongos With "Mr. Bongo"
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1961
JACK COSTANZO Naked City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Naked City
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1961
JACK COSTANZO Costanzo Plus Tubbs : Equation In Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Costanzo Plus Tubbs : Equation In Rhythm
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1962
JACK COSTANZO Costanzo, Cano & Bongos! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Costanzo, Cano & Bongos!
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1963
JACK COSTANZO Mr. Bongo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Bongo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1964
JACK COSTANZO Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo : Latin Percussion With Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo : Latin Percussion With Soul
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1968
JACK COSTANZO Viva Tirado album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viva Tirado
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1971
JACK COSTANZO Back From Havana album cover 4.90 | 2 ratings
Back From Havana
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2001
JACK COSTANZO Scorching the Skins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scorching the Skins
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2001

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JACK COSTANZO Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars ‎: Afro-Cubano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jack Costanzo / Andre's Cuban All Stars ‎: Afro-Cubano
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1956

JACK COSTANZO live albums

JACK COSTANZO Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah (aka Bongo Fever!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bongo Fever Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah (aka Bongo Fever!)
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1959

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JACK COSTANZO Mr Bongo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr Bongo
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2015

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JACK COSTANZO Back From Havana

Album · 2001 · Afro-Cuban Jazz
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Twenty Five years since "Jack Costanzo" released his last album and out comes "Back From Havana" with an explosion of energy that must have been slowly building in Jack over that time as this is one Afro Cuban scorcher to say the least with some old latin classics,a few jazz classics and a few current originals from Jack, "Bobby Matos" the album producer and the trumpet player "Gilbert Castellanos". "Leonard Feather" the Jazz critic gave Jack his nick name back in the late 1940's being "Mr Bongo" which he really is as Jack was the other original with "Chano Pozo" to bring Cuban rythmn to the masses after he had his break in 1947 by joining "Stan Kenton's" band. He has played with them all from "Charlie Parker","Miles Davis","Nat King Cole Trio" "Frank Sinatra" and even the "Supremes". Jack has also appeared in many movies as well as teaching some absolute Hollywood legends from the fifties such as "James Dean","Gary Cooper" and "Marlon Brando" just to name a few the finer art of Bongo and Conga slappin' but as they say in the ads, "but wait there is more" as he even appeared with "Elvis Presley" and contributed to one of the most unforgettable television themes being the Lalo Schifrin composition "Mission Impossible". Strangely he was born in Chicago not Cuba as the rythmn is is truly part of Jack Costanzo's mould which he clearly demonstrates with this album of driving quick percussion on either Bongo ar Conga drums. "Marilu" a female vocalist who originates from Panama sings all the lead vocals on four of the tracks with the remaining eleven being all instrumentals. The presence of "Bobby Matos" who plays conga himself and contributes here and there throughout musically also produced the album perfectly with a superb contempary latin touch and actually Bobby was releasing albums with the same company Cu-Bop at the time. Special mention must go to "Gilbert Castellanos" who not only gives us a wonderful demonstration on trumpet in a beautiful high latin style he also penned two of the songs. You better clip youself to a rail on the deck of this yacht as you are heading into a Latin Jazz hurricane.

"Descarga.com" is the first with some great piano from "Lynn Willard" who is present for the majority of the album with solos on trumpet, tenor and baritone saxophones and percussion all preceeding and what a rocket of a number. Things do not slow down but actually pick up for the next with blazing horns, stunning electric guitar lead break, Jack giving us one on Conga and Marilu with the coros giving one energetic effort on vocals with the song "La La La". Jazz and Cha Cha with a touch of Boogaloo are what is present in the following instrumental "En La Noche". "Jive Samba" the Nat Adderley tune is given a superb latin flavoured rendition with every solo a winner with some terrific tenor from"Steve Feierabend", the other trumpet player on the album "Bill Cabellero" lays down a beauty with Jack giving us another on Congas. Another Nat tune is also present being "Work Song as well as "Milestones" by Miles and the Sonny Rollin's classic "Airegun" and all given the "Jack Costanzo" express latin treatment with wonderful results. Only one Bolero which is "Te Quiero Te Quiero" and Marilu sings it with great passion and with the addition of Strings to the band it really is a great contempary sounding Bolero with those notes hitting the highs in the chorus. The song is a little high point providing quite a nice counter point for the album and Jack and Bobby deciding to use just the one Bolero makes the song stand out beautifully. There are fifteen songs of all varieties within Jazz on "Back to Havana" but all are pure Cuban based by rythmn and even the improvised quick spontaneous songs as in "Jacks Back" and the closer "Going Home" the Latin spice is always there.I cannot forget to mention that this is one tight outfit that particapated in the band with some stunning instrumental work that keeps the standard up for the entire album.

One of the best contempary Afro Cuban based Latin Jazz albums to come out with this year 2011 being the tenth birthday of "Back To Havana's" release and it is still one of the top Hurricanes in Latin Jazz currently.

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