Italian singer Jimmy Alleva will return for dinner-show

Staff report


Jimmy Alleva, with opening act comedian Marcoantonio, will return to The Georgetown March 3 for Ciao Promotions annual Italian Dinner and Show.

Alleva is a tenor from New York, Marcoantonio is his sidekick from Brooklyn. The duo appeared at this event twice in the past, with the most recent show, in 2009, a sell-out.

Alleva sings with a style similar to Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Roselli and Mario Lanza.

His debut album, “Love & Romance,” was released in 2008. His latest album, “Songs From The Old Neighborhood,” features new arrangements of some of his favorite songs.

Alleva grew up in Queens, N.Y., the middle child of three brothers, and fondly recalls spending family time listening to Italian music legends such as Lanza, Roselli and Sergio Franchi. It was at an early age that he discovered his love for the music.

Every Saturday his family would go to their grandfather’s butcher shop in Brooklyn, where he and his brothers sang Neapolitan songs. Alleva’s grandfather paid them $5 a song, which proved to be an incentive to learn a lot of classics.

The honorees for the March 3 dinner-show will be Neil Buzzacco and Joe Meranto, both natives of Youngstown’s Brier Hill neighborhood.

Tickets are $45 each and include dinner. Senior and group discounts are available. Call 330-757-2779 for tickets. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Anthony parish in Brier Hill.

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