This February Black History Month, Dessy Di Lauro is releasing her first full-length album of her original music entitled, This Is Neo-Ragtime along with her new music video, 'Jump N’ Jivin’.
Di Lauro says: ‘I feel like it is the perfect month of the year to release this album because I want to celebrate the importance of Ragtime music in Black history with everyone. Back then, almost a century ago, this genre was at the top of the pop charts and I want to revive that again.
The album features an urban sound with stride piano, live horns, along with electronic/urban overtones with resonating keyboard bass and thumping drum machines sounds and catchy hooks. Dessy’s lyrical subject matters range from today’s artists’ challenges dealing with social media’s heavy influence on the music industry, on her song ‘Popularity Contest’, to ending an abusive relationship on ‘Never Existed’ to simply having a good time at the juke joint party on ‘Jump ‘N’ Jivin’.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, This Is Neo-Ragtime, with the help of the people at Live Nation, the world’s premier concert promoters, Dessy Di Lauro performed a mini House of Blues tour with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Houston. She also regularly headlines at the world renowned Blue Note Jazz in NYC.
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s CEO of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music comments: ‘’I had the pleasure of seeing Dessy perform at the House of Blues in Las Vegas recently. The show was brilliant. She is a great vocalist and performer with great songs and arrangements with a top-notch band led by musical director Ric'key Pageot.
Catch Dessy this summer, performing at Jazz Festivals in and across North America and Europe. Expect nothing less from Di Lauro than a high-caliber, modern-day juke joint jamboree from this unique neo-ragtime and contemporary R&B artist.
Check out for Dessy at the Blue Note Club in NYC on Friday, February 16th