Eddie Costa was an American jazz pianist and vibraphonist born in Atlas, Pennsylvania, now based in
Pittsburgh. He recorded on vibraphones with pianist Bill Evans. One notable recording with Bill Evans
was "Guys and Dolls Like Vibes", now reissued as "Bill Evans and Eddie Costa, Complete Quartet" on CD.
Costa emerged from an unlikely background into a heralded -- if too brief -- career in jazz. Born in a
rural coal mining town, Costa studied piano with his brother Bill and developed a taste for the swing
greats; later, exposure to Bud Powell turned him to bop. Self-taught on vibes, Costa became known as
an excellent sight reader, which produced a lot of studio work.
On piano, his trademark sound was the emphasis of the middle and lower registers while nearly
ignoring the top two octaves