Jerry Costanzo

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Jerry Costanzo

Raised in a musical family, Costanzo’s musical stencil was etched with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Count Basie, Mel Torme, Jerry Vale and Nat King Cole. He was playing saxophone by third grade, and developed chops as a performer studying acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio. A stint as personal aid and chauffeur for Al Pacino further appraised Jerry Costanzo to the arts, before he joined his father Joseph’s big band, The Memories Of Swing, first on sax and then as the outfit’s lead vocalist.

While well into his 30s before the New Yorker recognized his calling card—bringing his musical idols back to life—Costanzo is making up for lost time. Today, the man behind the mic is a full-time troubadour and bandleader, surrounded by a Who’s Who of the jazz world.

Jerry Costanzo albums

In 2008, Jerry Costanzo debut full-length album “Destination Moon,” produced by Andy Farber and accompanied by Farber & his Swing Mavens octet, served up a dozen chestnuts, including the title track, “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” “Come Fly with Me” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Showcasing 13 masterful musicians, the project includes tenor, baritone and alto sax, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass and drums.

“Moon” earned Jerry Costanzo a dedicated live following, with gigs including the Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., New York’s Metropolitan Room, Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, Kitano Jazz, Small’s Jazz Club and Waldorf Astoria, Lincoln Centers Mid Summer Night Swing, the Long Island, N.Y., Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Dix Hills Performing Arts Ctr, Hofstra University’s Jon Cranford Adams Playhouse and dozens of concert series up and down the East Coast.

Costanzo’s follow-up disc, “Can’t We Be Friends”—released on Daywood Drive Records — featuring a five-piece rhythm section comprising piano, guitar, percussion, bass and vibraphone. The triptych of 10 songs, which again pays homage to musical heroes, thematically personifies Jerry Costanzo's romantic relationships over the decades, embraced with a vibe he describes as “George Shearing meets The Nat King Cole Trio meets Milt Jackson.”

And now- Jerry Costanzo’s newest release “Invitation”– Also on Daywood Drive Records, Mr. Costanzo has assembled a quartet of New York’s finest musicians, including Pianist/arranger Tedd Firth, Guitarist Joe Cohn, Bassist Neal Miner and Drummer Johathan Mele, to accompany him on this latest project- features 14 songs including the title track, as well as a new single “The Loney One/Nature Boy”, a medley of two Nat King Cole classic tunes. Other exciting highlights of “Invitation” include duets with two gifted performers! Multi-talented Italian singer and entertainer Giada Valenti adds her special vocal interpretation on “Little Boat (O Barquinho)”, and New York’s very own swingin’ Champian Fulton puts her artistic spin on “Here’s To The Losers”. A great album by Mr. Jerry Costanzo delivers.

Jerry Costanzo interview

In an interview with All About Jazz, Costanzo was asked to conjure his dream band. He joked, “They’re all dead. I wish I’d have been in my prime in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.” No doubt, those who have influenced the music of Jerry Costanzo would offer a collective thumbs up for skillfully preserving their legacy. He is indeed breathing new life into a venerable chapter of America’s songbook.

Chuck Taylor- served as a writer and senior editor at Billboard magazine for 14 years. He has appeared on CNN, ABC’s “20/20,” VH1’s “Behind the Music,” A&E’s “Biography,” and been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and numerous publications about music.

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5 responses to “Jerry Costanzo”

  1. Cynthia says:

    “WOW!! I gave a 60th Anniversary party to my parents, and many guests were in their 80’s. I also invited their children, and grandchildren, and there were times when almost every person in the room was up dancing!! To see people in their 80’s and 40’s and 20’s dancing side by side and laughing and smiling was fantastic! The owner of the banquet hall heard the band and came down to our room to ask me who was this band, and how could he contact them! Every guest asked me where we found this 17-piece Big Band. [This artist] transcends generations. Grandchildren were asking their grandparents to dance! I saw guests with tears in their eyes many times during the evening. This Big Band was professional, talented, and [he] makes eye-contact while he’s singing and is very charming. I have sailed on the QE2 and on the new QM2 cruise lines, as have many of the guests, and [his] Big Band tops every band we have ever heard! They have my highest recommendation.”
    Cynthia E, Huntington, NY

  2. Kaisa says:

    “This Band was outstanding. I cannot express how wonderful they sounded and how professional they were. I highly recommend this band. They are truly talented and wonderful to work with.”
    Kaisa M, New York, NY

  3. Susan says:

    “Our Country Club’s 1st Annual Special Membership Recognition and Appreciation Dinner Dance was a huge success largely in part this Band. With such a diverse membership, ranging in ages 20 – 96, we needed a band that would be able to “feel the essence” of the evening and be spontaneous and accommodating. The band did just that. They were highly professional and entertaining. Our members were extremely happy. We would definitely welcome them back!”
    Susan L, Goshen, CT

  4. Bobbi and Chris says:

    “Having him sing live at our wedding was such a hit with our guests! Knowing him personally gave the event a special twist as well. He sang solo along with a DJ and it was a winning combination for sure. He helped create a very special memory for both of us. People are still talking about it a year later.”
    Bobbi and Chris, Rocky Point NY

  5. Denis says:

    “One of the best singer’s of the standards I’ve ever heard, I would highly advise anyone to use him! He’s a class act.” – Denis S, Smithtown, NY

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