A Little About Me
I was born with a condition known as RP (retinitis pigmentosa). RP is a progressive eye disease which gradually takes your sight. Now I am almost totally blind. 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 40 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 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.
Besides being a piano tuner and a musician, I'm also a composer. As a songwriter and member of ASCAP, I have written well over 300 songs in all genres. Not too long ago I released a CD
of smooth jazz called "Looking Through Rain." I am very proud of this collection and I hope that you will take the time to listen to some of the tracks.
Thank you for visiting my website...and please give me a call. I'd love to tune your piano.
Check out my 4 music sections below. My music can be downloaded through this website or on Amazon.com, Spotify, CDBaby.com, or iTunes.com. If you prefer a "physical" CD, you can purchase one in My Store.
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11:30AM July 8, 2017
"Hi Damien, we received your BRILLIANT, STELLAR and MASTERPIECE CD "Looking Through Rain" today WOOOOOW Amazing! We are now broadcasting the full album to the world for you." - Jeff Moses
WJMX-DB Smooth Jazz Boston Global Radio
A REVIEW OF LOOKING THROUGH RAIN
Here's a noble effort from composer/pianist/piano tuner Damien DelRusso who, after three decades in the music business, presents his first contemporary jazz product here with Looking Through Rain, a reference to how he describes seeing life through his eyes since developing retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a disease that robs one of vision over time. The nobility about which I speak is demonstrated in his decision to donate $1.00 from the sale of this fine jazz debut to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
While DelRusso chose not to play on the album, he composed all of the music and recruited such talent as David Mann (sax), Rob Reich (guitar), and Matt King (keys), among others, to express his magic.
While the majority of tunes can be considered contemporary, there's a good helping of straight-ahead influence in such pleasantries as "Each Time I Look at You" featuring sultry vocals by Veronica Martell and some good ol' blues in "Ain't Doin' It With You," which features some snappy, dead-on vocals by Josh Dion. Getting back to smooth jazz, however, cool guitar action can be found on "Always Listen to Your Heart," as Rob Reich gives us a dose of why he's here.
DelRusso dedicates the finale, "Song for Steve" to his late brother whose love of the piano inspired DelRusso. Matt King does the tribute proud with his fine handling of the ivories here.
All and all, this is a fine effort by one who's enveloped himself in music for so long that it has truly become a part of who he is and what he breathes. It is obviously also what he feels and, despite what might ostensibly be a limitation, what he sees as well. Looking Through Rain is well-done and, if this is what DelRusso sees through his eyes, then he must also see the beautiful rainbow of sound that his effort has produced.
- Ronald Jackson
The Smooth Jazz Ride