Jimmy Alleva is a gifted tenor with a style similar to the distinguished voices of Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Roselli and Mario Lanza. Alleva is creating a buzz, particularly in the tri-state area where after every performance he leaves the audience standing on their feet and wanting more.
Although Jimmy has casually been singing since the late nineties, he decided to focus on his career and record LOVE & ROMANCE, his debut album he released independently in the summer of 2008.
Jimmy is very proud to introduce his second album entitled SONGS FROM THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD. He really enjoyed recording this album because he was able to take some of his favorite songs and arrange them with new musical renditions. This album was released by Jimmy independently in the fall of 2011.
Jimmy grew up in Queens, New York, the middle child of three brothers. He fondly recalls his quality time spent with Nicholas Jr., Philip and parents, Roseann and Nicholas. As a family the Alleva’s took great pleasure listening to Italian music legends such as Jimmy Roselli, Sergio Franchi and Mario Lanza. It was at an early age when Jimmy discovered his love for this beautiful music. The Alleva family was a musical household. Nicholas Jr. was a well known Italian singer from their neighborhood and Philip was a bass player who performed in many local great bands. Jimmy’s adoration of Italian music runs deep within the Alleva blood. For as long as he could remember, every Saturday his family would go to their grandfathers butcher shop named Nicks Meat Market on Humboldt Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn. While there, Jimmy’s grandfather would encourage him and his brothers to learn many Neapolitan songs. His grandfather would pay him and his brother’s five dollars for each song they learned. That was a fun incentive for the boys, and in turn they each learned classics such as: Tazza Café, Senza Mamma Inamorata and Mala Femmina and Scapricciatiello. It was a great time for the entire Alleva family.
Jimmy is currently the featured singer for the Saint Anthony’s Feast and the Sons Of San Paolino Feast. These two feasts pay tribute to Saint Anthony (Saint’ Antonio) and Saint Paul (San Paolino). They pay tribute to these Saint’s by dancing a tower approximately 70 feet high made of wood and paper with the Saint’s positioned on the top. Each of these towers is called a “Giglio” which means lilly in Italian.
In addition to his numerous appearances through-out the tri-state area and Massachusetts, he is a regular guest on the radio station WTCC 90.7FM Springfield MA, on the popular radio show “LA Dolce Vita” which broadcasts throughout the New England area every Sunday morning. He is also featured on the Uncle Floyd Show on WRTN 93.5FM which broadcasts out of New Rochelle NY and John Labarca’s Italian House Party 1400 WSTC AM / 1350 AM WNLK in Norwalk, CT.
Most recently, Jimmy’s music has reached as far as Ohio, being featured every week on Joe Mazzocca’s “Italian Favorites Show”, WKTL 90.7FM and Serenata D'Italia with Vince Campana 1390 WNIO in Youngstown.
Jimmy’s most recent accomplishments took him twice to the red carpet for the annual New York City Columbus Day Parade as one of the featured singers in October 2010 and 2011. He appeared on news channel 4 in the 2:40 pm slot in 2010 and on channel 7 in the 1:50 pm time slot. In addition to his red carpet performance he was also the featured on the Sons Of Italy Float those same days.