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, 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 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 and Waldorf Astoria, the Long Island, N.Y., Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Hofstra University’s Artie Shaw Centennial Concert 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.
Andy Farber: Sax/Clarinet/Arranger
Brian Pareshi: Trumpet
Brian Shigetta: Trombone
Dave Glasser: Sax/Clarinet/Flute
Frank Hansen: Bass
George Petropoulos: Trumpet
Jay Branford: Sax/Clarinet/Flute
Jennifer Vincent: Bass
Jerry Costanzo: Vocals
Jerry Weldon: Sax/Clarinet
Jimmy Madison: Drums
Joe Cohn: Guitar
John Collianni: Piano
John Ray: Bass
Neal Miner: Bass
Nick Russo: Guitar
Paul Micca: Drums
Ron Vincent: Drums
Sasha Dobson: Vocals
Steve Ash: Piano
Wayne Goodman: Trombone
Wayne Sabella: Piano
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.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 300 minutes
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
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
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
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..
Past Booked Dates:
11-11-2012 — The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St. NYC 7:00PM
11-08-2012 — Please visit www.jerrycostanzo.com for complete schedule
CDs For Sale
"Can't We Be Friend's?"
"Can I Steal A Little Love"
2006: 80 gigs
2007: 100 gigs
2008: 85 gigs
2009: 70 gigs
2010: 75 gigs
2011: 65 gigs
2012: 71 gigs
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Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Lounge, Casino, Club/Nightclub, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Launch Party, Private Party, Restaurant, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Wedding Ceremony
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