Jerry Costanzo Jazz & Swing

Why book Jerry Costanzo Jazz & Swing?

Considered one of the Best and busiest Singer/Bandleaders on the scene today. Jerry has gained popularity among connoisseurs of jazz & swing, young and old. His interpretations of great American Standards from the song-writing legends, including George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Heart to name a few. Jerry's repertoire draws from the best elements of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and other crooning legends.

Jerry is available with his Trio, Quartet, Quintet to his full 9 and 17-piece Big Band Orchestra. Jerry Also performs solo with professional backing tracks. Ask about our Band/DJ package.

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Professional Band with a Great Sound

We hired Jerry and his nine-piece band for our wedding. Not only did the band sound unbelievable and Jerry kept the party going perfectly, it was a breeze working with Jerry in the lead up to the night. He was incredibly professional - returning emails promptly, working with us on the song list , the first dance (a medly of Moonlight Serenade and in the Mood). We felt completely confident because Jerry has so much experience and enjoyment in what he does. Thanks Jerry!

Expertise
Communication
Professionalism
Priced Fairly
Adaptability
Reviewer: Serena M.
Event: Wedding Reception in New York City, NY
Event Date: Oct 19, 2013
Hired As: 1940s Era Entertainment, Big Band

"Great band"

Dear Jerry, I can''t thank you enough, you guys were Great! The music was perfect, exactly what we were looking for and more. When you sang my parents wedding song and thay both started crying I lost it. You have a beautiful voice, I'm in love. My family and friends are still talking about you. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Nicole

– -Deanna Z. Stony Brook, New York

Expertise
Communication
Professionalism
Priced Fairly
Adaptability
Reviewer: Deanna Z.
Event: Anniversary Party in Stony Brook, NY
Event Date: Mar 12, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band, Crooner, Dixieland Band, Frank Sinatra Impersonator, Jazz Singer, Rat Pack Tribute Show, Swing Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: "$250 and up"
  • Insurance: One million/ Two Million

Overview

Jerry captivates his audience with his smooth superb voice and leaves his listeners snapping their fingers, tapping their toes and whistling these timeless standards

Sophisticated, Elegant, Engaging and Versatile… These four words best describe Jerry Costanzo and his Groups. Vocalist and bandleader Jerry Costanzo has been performing in the New York tri-state area for over 15 years. As a seasoned veteran of the New York music scene, Jerry knows exactly how to make your event or wedding a success, Jerry works with New York's finest musicians to perform for your event. Whatever the event, if you are looking for jazz, swing and the best of the “The American Song Book”, Jerry will not disappoint!

Jerry’s large repertoire of music allows him to take any request, and if you want a special arrangement, Jerry is more than happy to accommodate.

Jerry is available with his Trio, Quartet, Quintet to his full 9 or 17-piece Big Band Orchestra. Jerry Also performs solo with professional background tracks for certain events

Additional Booking Notes

When not using his own sound equipment. Please contact Jerry Costanzo Music for sound requirements, back line & rider information

Jerry is also available as a soloist using professional background tracks and can work with your DJ or ours. Jerry is often asked to sing with other bands as well

Past Booked Events

11/20/13 Every Wednesday, Jerry Costanzo & His Trio at Don Lorenzo's 242 Glen Cove Ave. Glen Cove, NY
11/08/12 Please visit www.jerrycostanzo.com for complete schedule

Jerry Costanzo Jazz & Swing

About Jerry:
In another time and place, Jerry Costanzo wouldn’t be interpreting the Great American Songbook. It’s likely he’d be conceiving it. Midwest Record deemed the luminous vocalist and bandleader “A cat that knows how to swing it and grab the Vegas vibe that most of us never were old enough to experience,”while Jazz.com raved, “As all great singers do, he tells a story.”Raised in a musical family, Costanzo’s musical stencil was etched with the likes of Sinatra, Sammy, Dino, Perry Como, 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 apprised 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. In 2008, his debut full-length album “Destination Moon,” produced by Andy Farber and accompanied by Farber & his Swing Mavens octet, served up a dozen swigin` classics, “Moon” earned Costanzo a dedicated live following, with gigs including the Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., Lincoln Centers Mid Summer Night Swing, New York’s Metropolitan Room, Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, the Waldorf Astoria, the Long Island, N.Y., Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Hofstra University’s John Cranford Theater, The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and dozens of concert series, festivals and private posh gigs nationally and worldwide.

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.

The team providing the talent:

Andy Farber

Sax/Clarinet/Arranger

Brian Pareshi

Trumpet

Dave Glasser

Sax/Clarinet/Flute

Jay Branford

Sax/Clarinet/Flute

Jennifer Vincent

Bass

Jerry Weldon

Sax/Clarinet

Joe Cohn

Guitar

John Ray

Bass

Neal Miner

Bass

Nick Russo

Guitar

Steve Ash

Piano

Wayne Goodman

Trombone

Wayne Sabella

Piano

Tedd Firth

Piano

Alvester Garnett

Drums

Jonathan Mele

Drums

Ian Petillo

Drums

Tim Regusis

Piano

Testimonials

Thanks so much for the great job that you all did on Saturday night. Tom and I are both so happy and so thrilled that our friends and family had such a great time. The entire crowd raved about the music and the party. Jerry, everyone loved your songs, and the general format with you singing and alternating with the DJ...the whole thing was perfect. The song selection was perfect too. A little Frank Sinatra and a Little Lady Gaga. It doesn't get better than that.

– Gayle P. Hempstead Country Club, Hempstead NY

I think Jerry & his Band were fantastic! I love Sinatra's music & Jerry has that feel.
Professionally- Jerry & his band sounded amazing! I don't know if you've heard Jerry sing before, but he has one of the smoothest voices around. It is rich, warm, and fills the room, but not piercing. His musicians in the band were top notch guys from Manhattan who were all professional players, not just once a month guys. You can really tell the difference!
Additionally- I found Jerry through a website search (lucky for me) Jen & I wanted to have a certain feel at the wedding which would require a live band, and we also wanted to dance the way WE dance. She had initially contacted several bands in the city and they and they all wanted more money than I had paid for my last automobile! Then I found Jerry. As far as I know, Jerry is the only PROFESSIONAL of his type on Long Island, and he sounds as great (if not better) than most of the groups from the city.I encourage you to listen to Jerry's music. Meet with him and draw your own conclusion if his style is right for you, but don't hesitate with regard to the quality and professionalism of Jerry and his band.

– Wan Ling,

Jerry, I wanted to take a minute to personally Thank You for helping me arrange the entertainment, for my mothers birthday on such short notice. You guys were Fantastic! your Sax player was unbelievable all you guys were just great. Were having a corporate Christmas party in December, your band would be perfect, We’ll talk. Thanks Jerry. Bob Worth

– --Bob Worth NYC, NY

Dear Jerry, My Husband and I just wanted to thank you. You added the perfect touch to the party. I have to tell you, when you first started singing I thought you were lip sinking and some of the guests thought the DJ had a CD playing. All in all the event was a great success and I am going to recommend you to all my friends. Thanks Again. Sincerely, Felix & Linda Fedrich

– --Linda Fedrich Garden City, NY

Dear Jerry, I can''t thank you enough, you guys were Great! The music was perfect, exactly what we were looking for and more. When you sang my parents wedding song and thay both started crying I lost it. You have a beautiful voice, I'm in love. My family and friends are still talking about you. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Nicole

– -Nicole DeSanto Stony Brook, New York

Jerry and his band were great. I would definitely hire them again and may even wind up using them again next year for what may turn out to be an annual golf benefit. Thanks again Jerry.

– -Kevin E, Riverhead, NY

Wonderful band. Guests loved their sounds. Would recommend to anyone. Jerry was as professional as they come. Thanks for the hook-up.

– Warren -Catering M, Port Jefferson, NY

One of the best singers of the standards I’ve ever heard, I would highly advise anyone to use him! He’s a class act .

– -Denis S, Smithtown, NY

Jerry and his band were exactly what we had dreamed about for our wedding. His voice is excellent and he has a variety of options for ensemble sizes. We had a wonderful American Songbook evening with some mixed dance thrown in for fun. I would highly recommend Jerry because he really listens to what you want and like, and does a great job. We had many compliments on his band from our wedding guests.

– -Jennifer H, Montauk, NY

Our Country Club's 1st Annual Special Membership Recognition and Appreciation Dinner Dance was a huge success largely in part by Jerry Costanzo's 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 Jerry Constanzo 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

What can I say about Jerry and his band? True perfection! I can actually give them all the credit for the success of my Mom & Dad's Surprise 50th Wedding Anniversary party! The smiles on their faces said it all and it was all because of you and the band. They didn't sit down all night! I've never seen them so excited in all my life! Jerry it was my pleasure working with you and your band. You all knew exactly what I was looking for. You were all so accommodating and you nailed every detail. You guys were great! Before my parents actually saw you and the band they thought they were hearing a record that's how good you sounded! I loved your passion and your enthusiasm. I can tell you all really love what you do! You couldn't have done anything better, it was absolute perfection! This day will always be remembered by me and my parents as the very best day of our lives and I truly mean it. The anniversary party may be over but you have won the hearts of me and my family forever. I can neve

– Janie R.

From beginning to end, I found Jerry very approachable and accommodating. He was quite flexible with the plans for our event, which seemed to change like the wind. With respect to the event itself, everything worked effortlessly... they arrived promptly, set-up with minimal fluff and then performed better than expected. The mix of instrumentals and vocals was quite right, and the blending of holiday tunes was perfect. Though I am not an expert in things musical, I was impressed with the quality of the sound - seemed like something you'd find in a high-quality niteclub in New York. The band agreed to play longer than for what we'd agreed and did so quite happily. All in all, these guys are great, and I recommend them highly.

-Erin D, 12/20/2006, Corporate Function, New Haven, CT

– Erin D,

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. Jerry Costanzo 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 Jerry 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 Jerry Costanzo's Big Band tops every band we have ever heard! They have my highest recommendation.

– Cynthia E,

Set List

Jerry's Repertoire consists of over 200 Standards, drawing from the "Great American Songbook" To include the Songs of the Great Big Bands, Songs of the great Singers like- Sinatra, Dino, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and much more. Requests are always welcomed and encouraged..

Influences & Inspiration

Jerry draws his energy from the great singers and crooners of yesterday and today. His biggest influences are acts like "The Rat Pack", Louie Prima, Bobby Darin, Mel Torme. Plus the great Big Bands like, The Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. Bandleader’s arrangers and composers like Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Don Costa and much much more.

Setup Requirements

For most local gigs, all equipment and backline is provided by artist/band. Equip and Backline requirments for out of town gigs shall be provided upon request

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