From the back cover: About Billy Costa - A native son of Pennsylvania who has really made New York City proud of his decision to make his home in the music capitol of the world. Billy Costa has been acclaimed by music critics as an outstanding virtuoso of the accordion. In this album you will be immediately aware of his sensitive touch and Bravur styling. Modern as a satellite space ship and as classic as music demands Mr. Costa leads his musicians through a varied potpourri of Italian Popular Classics with deft precision and complete extemporaneous freedom.
Background - BS and MA Degrees from Juilliard and Teachers College, Columbia U. – Own Jazz Combo - Hickory House, N.Y.C. – Own TV Show WPIX for Chateau Martin Wine – CBS Show with Alvy West – NBC TV Bandstand with Art Mooney – Records with Sammy Kaye, Dorothy Collins, Seeburg sessions for Ben Selvin RCA, arranged and conducted Westminister LP for Freddy Jacobs. Appeared at Carnegie Hall in Chamber Group playing a Henry Brant comp. Guest artist Ted Steele Show many times. Appeared frequently with own jazz quartet in N.Y. clubs (Birdland, etc.) also with many instrumental groups freaturing French or Italian flavor accordion, the latest on Coral with Stan Applebaum (French Album).
At present coaching an actor for a supposed accordion playing role at Graphic Studio for "Evening In Paris" perfume, I will play the accordion track. Also, contemplating LP using Rhythm and 15 strings (Jazz type); writing and conducting LP's for a few singers; tentative-live Timex commercial - Steve Allen Show.
My interests concern using accordion with as many new groups of instruments as possible, and still at all times being musical.
Have also played for private parties of many society names, Cassini, Ginger Rogers, Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine, Fords, Vand, etc.
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