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Joe D’Angelo returns to sing Italian standards with his new band

Joe D’Angelo, a fixture for decades as a downtown Buffalo barber, is making a comeback as a crooner of Italian songs.

After a 15-year hiatus, the Sicilian native has formed the Joe D’Angelo Band and is set to perform from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.).

D’Angelo cut an album back in 1989 titled “Voglio Amarti Cosi [You Belong to My Heart],” a collection of Italian standards like “O Sole Mio” and “Al Di La,” performed in Italian.

His previous band had been known as the New Formula and performed at nightclubs, weddings and dinner dances.

Why is he coming out of singing retirement after all these years?

“The flame has come back,” D’Angelo said. “Our repertoire will be singing some songs in Italian and others in English. There will be Italian standards and original American numbers.”

At 63 years old, D’Angelo said he is looking forward to returning to the stage.

– Lou Michel

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