We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry Costanzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jerry, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk? Oh yeah! My life has been a series of risks. I have never taken the easy path with anything. I’ve never been afraid to take chances. I suppose the biggest risk I ever took was walking away from my construction company to pursue a career as a professional singer, entertainer and bandleader. My family and friends thought I lost my mind. In retrospect, I probably did lose my mind! I hated where I was in life and felt that if I didn’t pursue the things that made me happy, I never would. It was my risk taking personality that was ultimately the driving factor that allowed me to take the leap.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Man Behind The Mic

In another time and place, I’d say I wouldn’t be interpreting the Great American Songbook. It’s likely I’d be conceiving it. I’m “a cat that knows how to swing it and grab the Vegas vibe that most people never were old enough to experience. I tell my story through songs. I was raised in a musical family, My musical stencil was etched with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Count Basie and others. I was playing saxophone by third grade, and developed chops as a performer into my teens and early 20’s. I studied acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio. A stint as personal aid and chauffeur for Al Pacino further apprised me to the arts, before I joined my father’s big band, first on sax and then as the outfit’s lead vocalist.

While well into my 30s, I recognized my calling card—bringing my musical idols back to life—I am now making up for lost time. Today, I am a full-time troubadour and bandleader, surrounded by a Who’s Who of the jazz world. If you can dream it, you can do it!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I/we haven’t lived here very long. We arrived from NY late 2019. We live in the Los Feliz/ Silver Lake area. Very hip, lots of great bars, Breweries, restaurants, night life and coffee shops. So would probably stick around our neighborhood. Then there is hikes in Griffith Park and maybe a bike ride along the LA River bike path. Might venture out to the beach near Santa Monica and Venice. Also, a day trip to the Ojai valley to visit the wineries.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to Shoutout to Anthony Robins and his book “Personal Power” For had I not discovered my own personal power through his teachings, I might have stagnated in mediocrity for the rest of my life

I would also like to shoutout to all the wonderful musicians who took the time to mentor and encourage me and who I have now formed life long friendships with.

Website: www.gothamcityswingers.com

Instagram: jerrycostan

Twitter: @croonstanzo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jerry.costanzo.96

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCje6cmb-Dsg071ntzrkeldQ

Other: Come see me with my Gotham City Swingers.. Sunday, June 19th @ 6:30pm at Campus Jax Jazz and Supper Club in Newport Beach.. https://www.campusjax.com/events/jerry-costanzo-and-his-gotham-city-swingers-orchestra

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