Damien DelRusso

Piano Player, Piano Tuner, Songwriter


Born with a condition known as RP (retinitis pigmentosa) I am almost totally blind. RP is a progressive eye disease. I come from a large family (8 children) and six of us were born with RP. In spite of this, I have been fortunate enough to earn a living as a piano player and piano tuner for over 30 years. My love of music has surely helped me get through some difficult times.

My band, known as The Limited Edition was the house band for the The Friar Tuck from 1980 to 1985. The Friar Tuck was a popular restaurant and catering hall in Cedar Grove, NJ. When that came to an end I went out on my own playing at restaurants and at upscale catering/ reception halls throughout Essex and Morris counties in NJ. House parties are now my specialty.

My repertoire is quite extensive...over 1000 songs...something to please most all age groups. I play a wide selection of music that includes: The Standards, Broadway, The 50's and 60's, Billy Joel, Elton John, and my personal favorite, The Beatles. In the 1990's my wife Nancy, a singer, started working with me. Together we provide a nice evening or afternoon of piano and vocal entertainment. When a piano is not available I can bring a portable keyboard. This is great for those outdoor patio and pool parties.

As a songwiter and member of ASCAP, I have written well over 300 songs. Nancy has written the lyrics for many of these. I have recently recorded an album of smooth jazz tunes called "Looking Through Rain". I am very proud of this collection and it is now available on CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes....as well as on the music page of this website.

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