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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 Ed Sullivan Show three times, Jack was featured on each show.

After Nat King Cole, Jack joined Peggy Lee and was prominently showcased by Miss Lee in her act throughout the country.
Jack Costanzo also worked and was featured with Betty Grable and Harry James, Judy Garland, Jane Powell, Ray Anthony, Martin & Lewis, and the never to be forgotten record breaking engagement at the Hollywood Interlude and Crescendo with the frantic Frances Faye, who featured Jack throughout her whole act, giving him ample opportunities to play wild bongos.

Mr. Bongo finally started his own band from which he opened a whole new era for himself.


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