|Tags:||jazz jazz piano piano vibes under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
Edwin James Costa, 14 August 1930, Atlas, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 26 July 1962, New York City, New York, USA. After studying piano formally, Costa began playing jazz and later took up the vibraphone. While still in his teens, he played with a band led by Joe Venuti, and in the 50s worked and sometimes recorded with several artists including Tal Farlow, Kai Winding, Sal Salvador, Michel Legrand, Eric Dolphy and Woody Herman. He also led his own small group which, on record if not always live, included Phil Woods, Art Farmer and Paul Motian. He attracted considerable and always highly favourable critical attention, and was a 1957 DownBeat poll winner as a new star in the piano and vibraphone categories. Costas playing displayed fleet inventiveness and at the time of his death in an automobile accident he was confidently moving beyond bop into modal forms.