THE ESSENTIAL JASON NELSON
Jason Nelson is an entertainer for all ages. Born and raised in Hillsborough, NJ, Jason Nelson quickly learned how to play the piano, saxophone, guitar, recorder, and harmonica, all before the age of ten.
Having 18+ years of experience on the piano and 14+ years on the alto saxophone, Jason has been sharing his love of music with the world ever since he was a child. At his Bar Mitzvah, Jason captivated the crowd with his saxophone performance of “Tequila” during his grand entrance. When YouTube became popular around 2008, Jason would often record himself covering popular songs on both the piano & sax, where he surpassed 100,000 YouTube views in 2008.
In high school, Jason was a member of the award-winning Hillsborough High School Wind Ensemble, including roles in the Jazz Band and Saxophone Quartet. During his undergraduate years at Rutgers University, Jason came in 2nd place in the 2014 Phiesta Greek God competition, wooing the audience with his performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys on the saxophone. Jason graduated from the Rutgers Business School in 2017 with a B.S. in Marketing and a Certificate in Recording Arts from the Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Performing Arts.
Currently living in Somerville, NJ, Jason has had the pleasure of playing at 50+ events, performing for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, private parties, festivals, showcases, nightclubs, bars, and wineries. Jason also partners with various DJ companies including POSH DJ's, Total Entertainment, SCE Event Group, Magic Moments Productions, Elegant Music Group, and many others around the tri-state area in order to bring joy to as many people as he can.
Having a pulse on the now, Jason's biggest influences come from Top-40/Pop roots. While Jason enjoys playing love ballads by artists like Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars, he's also been known to rock dance floors covering Lil Nas X, Swedish House Mafia, or even Pitbull. To top off a perfect event, you'll frequently catch Jason serenading crowds with George Michael's "Careless Whisper."
Whether sharing lifetime memories with brides and grooms, to rocking out on stages at NJ Italian festivals, Jason would love the opportunity to play at YOUR next event!
As a freelance sax & piano entertainer, Jason can be paired with any DJ you choose!