to that small but select group of soul singers who value the great American soul and R&B
traditions while keeping their special musical language crisp and fresh. In an age
dominated by artifice and empty gesture, Angel sings in an easeful manner of someone with
an intimate understanding of the word “soulfulness.” Angel has a special affinity for
time-honored material from black vocal groups, cuts right to the emotional core, and his
songs pulsate with the joy of rediscovery.
With his deeply resonant voice dipping, swooping and vaulting ever so purposefully, he adopted the name “Little Leopold” to sing lead on Little Isadore & the Inquisitors’ smash single "Harlem Hit Parade."
From 1999 to 2007, Angel was a member of the acclaimed vocal group, Kenny Vance and The Planotones. As exemplified by their signature song Looking For An Echo, their material is influenced by the music of the 50’s and 60’s, but they consistently bring a unique and musically sophisticated point of view. In this sense they are classicists, opening the eyes of a new generation to a rich historical musical style.
Angel is a Bronx, New York native. He started singing R&B on street corners when he was twelve, and joined his first band, The Soul Masters, as bass player in 1970. His distinctive vocal style is a result of an array of influences; doo-wop’s Nolan Strong, jazz balladeers, Arthur Prysock and Billy Eckstine, soul giants, Howard Tate, Don Covay, Harvey Fuqua and the blue-eyed soul of Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere.
Angel has been active in soul, R&B and rock circles as well as in the beach music scene, where he is known as The Bronx Bomber of Soul. He was lead singer for the Florida-based band, Kollektion, and made an album as part of the critically acclaimed group, Diamond, Angel and Crooks. He also fronted the GC Dangerous band with original Rascal, Gene Cornish on guitar. He played with the legendary Chuck Berry, and has worked with such notables as Dion, Matt Guitar Murphy, Bobby Byrd, Robbin Ford, Darlene Love, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Jackson, Paul Schaffer, The Blues Image, and Harvey Fuqua and The New Rascals.
Among other current performaces and appearances Angel jams with John "Ratso" Gerardi as a duo as well a member of MARS Project with Ratso and Mike Marble.
He also is performing Nu Soul Stories with Johnny Gale, Seth Glassman aka Junior Mintz and Tony Gallino.
In 2006, Angel’s CD, "Where Have You Been," was nominated for Best Solo Album of the Year at the Carolina Beach Awards, and recognized as one of the best R&B records of the year by soul-jazz producer, Bob Porter. The track, "I Want a Love I Can See," was nominated for National Dance/Shag Song. Play "I Want a Love I Can See."
Angel was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Great R&B Artist on December 4, 2011. View Award
Winner of the 2008 "Blue Note" Award for the Production, Arrangement and Performance of "Nu Soul Stew."