Pittsburgh's Legendary Jazz Pianist
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Johnny Costa
Articles & Anecdotes
About the Webmaster
Introducing Johnny Costa
The Amazing Johnny Costa (later released on CD as Neighborhood)
Neighborhood (The Amazing Johnny Costa released on CD)
Johnny Costa Piano Solos
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
A Gallery of Gershwin
In My Own Quiet Way
Johnny Cosa Plays Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
A Portait of George Gershwin
Dream: Johnny Costa Plays Johnny Mercer
Johnny discusses playing music for children
Johnny plays on Ken Griffin's "67 Melody Lane"
Photos (click each picture to expand)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Johnny Costa in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Filming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Benny "King" Carter
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Debbie Costa Elwood and Johnny Costa. (Debbie's favorite photo of her father.)
Best pianist (Someone addressed a letter to "Best Pianist in the World, Pittsburgh, PA." The post office deleiver it to Johnny Costa.)
Art Tatum and John & Helen Costa. (The only known picture of Art and Johnny.)
Johnny Costa and Hugh Glenn first meet at the Carneigie Museum in Pittsburgh when Johnny played as part of the annual Mellon Jazz Festival.
In front of a church near Audiomation Studio in Pittsburgh a few minutes after completing the Gershwin CD.
Johnny Costa & Hugh Glenn (Taken immediately after Johnny completed the Gershwin CD in back of the church.)
Helen Costa (formerly Helen Zamperini) was a singer, but after marrying Johnny, she flourished in life as a mother and Johnny’s wife.
At work at KDKA
Johnny & Helen Costa in 1944. (Johnny landed on the beaches of Normandy.)
Mister Rogers and Hugh Glenn in the Neighborhood at KQED (1995)
Jammin' in the Neighborhood
The adolescent Johnny Costa playing a stomach Steinway.
Fred and Johnny share laughs and lunch at Fred's home in Labrobe, PA
An Emmy Nomination for Johnny in 1988
Wonderful World of Johnny Costa
Johnny and Jim De Julio, the John Costa Trio's first bassist
Johnny Costa (1966)
Time out for champagne and a cigar
Steve Allen tapes some tunes with Johnny for KDKA's morning television show
The Johnny Costa Trio (Bob Rawsthorne (d), Carl McVicker (b)
Costa at work
The music in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Johnny, Fred, Bob Rawsthorne, & Carl McVicker)
Indian Mary was a character Johnny played on "Funsville." She played the piano and smoked a cigar but never spoke.
Johnny's last performance for the Pittsburgh Jazz Society in 1996. I listened to him play superbly that night.
I remember one of Johnny's friends saying, "Johnny Costa was the Marx Brothers all rolled into one."
The young Johnny Costa, shortly before switching to the piano. (Frank Oliver, Johnny's high school music teacher, convinced Johnny to switch to playing the piano.)
Johnny and Merv Griffin during the latter's visit to KDKA
The "Funsville" cast on KDKA
The young Johnny Costa plays with Jack Teagarden
Costa Teaching Piano
At Work in the Neighborhood (The studio at KQED was very cold during winters; thus, the heat lamp.)
A pensive Costa watches a Neighborhood filming
Helen Costa watches a Neighborhood taping (1995)
Johnny reviews th script before the filming of the next Neighborhood segment (1995)
Hugh Glenn fails audition to play Mister Rogers
John Costa Trio in the Neighborhood (1995)
Fred and Johnny discuss the segment, which was reshot several times because the guest musician erred (1996)
During a final visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, I snapped this photo. Johnny was very ill at the time, and I knew he would soon be gone from the Neighborhood and my life.
Hugh Glenn & Dick Hyman (1993)
DIck Hyman (June 1993)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1995)
Prince Tuesday (Leonardo Melandandri) and Visitor
Johnny Costa Trio
Rogers at the Piano (1995)
Costa During a Filming Break (1995)
Marian McPartland to Costa-Part 1. Send to Johnny after he appeared on Piano Jazz, a radio program on National Public Radio hosted by McParland for more than 40 years. Marian died in August 2013.
Marian McPartland to Costa-Part 2
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