b. 7 October 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 30 December 1993. Academically trained, and with on-the-road experience playing trombone with big bands such as those led by Woody Herman and Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Costanzo became a highly-respected musician. After touring Europe with Clark Terry, Costanzo made his own forays outside the USA and established a reputation as a teacher and clinician, especially in the 80s. During this decade he recorded in Czechoslovakia and also appeared on television in the USSR. His work in the USA was centred upon his own big band and he was especially noted for his accompaniment to singers, including Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé and Marlene VerPlanck.
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