Eddie Costa

Edwin James Costa (August 14, 1930 – July 28, 1962) was an American jazz pianist, vibraphonist, composer and arranger. In 1957 he was chosen as Down Beat jazz critics' new star on piano and vibes – the first time that one artist won two categories in the same year. He became known for his percussive, driving piano style that concentrated on the lower octaves of the keyboard.

Costa had an eight-year recording career, during which he appeared on more than 100 albums; five of these were under his own leadership. As a sideman he appeared in orchestras led by Manny Albam, Gil Evans, Woody Herman and others; played in smaller groups led by musicians including Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, Gunther Schuller, and Phil Woods; and accompanied vocalists including Tony Bennett and Chris Connor. Costa died, aged 31, in a car accident in New York City.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 14th, 1930 (Atlas), Died July 28th, 1962 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vibraphone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 89 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 100172 6/7/1956 King Porter stomp Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100173 6/7/1956 Never, never land Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100174 6/7/1956 Like listen Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100175 6/7/1956 Since when Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100176 6/7/1956 Love of my life Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100177 6/7/1956 Rapid transit Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100178 6/7/1956 Flute cocktail Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100179 6/7/1956 A bat for K.C. Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100180 6/7/1956 New Orleans Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100181 6/7/1956 My shining hour Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100182 6/7/1956 Thou sveldt Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 100183 6/7/1956 There will never be another you Manhattan Jazz Septet instrumentalist, piano, vibraphone  
Decca 101538 2/4/1957 This time the dream's on me Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101539 2/4/1957 Isn't it romantic? Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101540 2/4/1957 Alone together Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101541 2/4/1957 That old devil moon Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101542 2/5/1957 Criss cross Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101543 2/5/1957 For Art's sake Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101544 2/5/1957 Down and dirty Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101545 2/5/1957 Gone with the wind Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101546 2/6/1957 When your lover has gone Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101547 2/6/1957 Makin' whoopee Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101548 2/6/1957 Ponsu Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 101549 2/6/1957 This time the dream's on me Art Farmer Quintet ; Hal McKusick instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103198 9/16/1957 The blues is everybody's business, part 2 Manny Albam Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 89 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Costa, Eddie," accessed September 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202159.

Costa, Eddie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202159.

"Costa, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/202159

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