“An artist of great renown in these parts (and beyond) …Showcases his singing range within a varied stew of rock ‘n’ roll, Cosco especially grabs the listener …Check out one of New York’s most beloved artists!
~ Michelle Picardo, Freetime Magazine, Rochester, NY”
Jeff has been one of the best known, awarded and highly acclaimed rock artists for many years. His voice has been heard on numerous recordings and in thousands of performances with his bands across the country.
His career includes the release of 6 rock albums over the years. With his dynamic range, emotion and versatility, Jeff can sing and write the most challenging of songs.
International/National ad campaigns and program music have featured Jeff’s voice for television and radio by DISNEY, HBO and many local and national advertising agencies for over 30 years.
Jeff has performed with Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Glenn Medieros, Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Carmine and Vinny Appice, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheater, Red Heart, Jeff Cosco and Times Square, The Shakes and more…
At 14 years old, the soon-to-be rock artist performed in country/southern rock and lounge bands around the Finger Lakes area of New York State. It wasn’t until he was 18 that he moved back to East Rochester, a suburb of Rochester, NY (originally born there) and started looking for the right musicians to form a rock band. His pursuit was accomplished with the formation of CHEATER!
CHEATER took the Northeast United States by storm with incredible live shows and the release of TEN CENT LOVE AFFAIR in 1982, a 4 song EP on Amherst Records in Buffalo, NY. Over 10,000 copies were sold in the first weeks of its release, gaining the attention of the major labels. The much sought after band performed 345 live shows in one year! It wasn’t meant to be though. The band disbanded with almost legendary status to the people and in the towns that packed houses for them.
The break up of CHEATER lead the way to many bands and solo projects for Jeff. In 1988, while working with internationally known producer/songwriter/conductor and recording artist Jeff Tyzik, he formed JEFF COSCO AND TIMES SQUARE. A self-titled album was released in 1989. The much more pop/rock sound introduced Jeff to an even bigger following of listeners and, again, national interest. Jeff was still not able to obtain a national recording contract though, which led to some more experimentation with his music.
In 1992 Jeff formed the short-lived band THE SHAKES, with some great musicians and friends. With Jeff Tyzik producing, once again the self released, self-titled album was a local success. The tongue-in-cheek, fun, rock and blues album was another extension of Jeff’s writing style.
Jeff, now a father and nightclub owner, started the company HEART SONG, with longtime friend and THE SHAKES band member, James Richmond. The duo performed on radio station morning shows in almost every major city in the United States, singing and writing personalized songs for thousands of people.
In 1999, Jeff, with long-time friends and ex CHEATER members, Don Mancuso and Ron Rocco, decided to co-write a new album together. RED HEART released the album Rred Heart. His ever faithful fan base supported him again.
In the years to follow, Jeff enjoyed many performances with old friends and new friends in Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas. The devastating murder of friend and local radio show DJ, Unkle Rog (Roger McCall), at Christmas-time in 2003, brought Jeff back to the studio to release the single “You Shine” in his honor. It also spawned a reunion of CHEATER for a concert in memory of Unkle Rog. Previously unreleased songs by CHEATER, produced by Nick Blagona (Roger Glover, Pink Floyd, Rainbow), were finally mastered after 20 years. CHEATER 1983 is still selling all over the world.
2005 brought a collection of never released recordings by the songwriting team of Jeff and Don Mancuso, STUFF FROM YEARS BEERS AGO!
The long awaited solo album SOMETHING was released to Jeff’s eager fan-base in 2006, a mix of Americana, rock, blues and country/folk. The internet allowed Jeff’s album to be heard by people across the globe.
Jeff continues to write and perform solo, duo (with wife Cindy Sams) and is always working on new endeavors in music.
Jeff is involved with many things outside of the music business as well. His businesses always involve his attention to detail and creativity.