About Me

Jason Didner:
Jersey Rock with Jersey Humor

My lyrics range from the humorous to the earnest. This moment in my 25 year+ recording career calls for me to bring the funnier side into focus.

Overall, my songs touch upon themes of self compassion, optimism, conflict resolution and sense of humor. These words are supported with wide-ranging classic rock and singer/songwriter styles I love, influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Billy Joel, Eddie Van Halen, Aimee Mann and Bon Jovi. 

Jason Didner at the piano

I strive to provide an important boost for our sense of well being, whether doing it with laughs or with straightforward messages of healing. So far I’ve given fundraiser performances for Ukraine, midwestern US tornado relief, Hackensack University Medical Center, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, the Codey Fund for Mental Health and Montclair Ambulance Unit. 

You may also know me as the singer and co-founder of Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, a rock band for kids and families – an act that has taken me up and down the East coast from Massachusetts to Virginia and to such great venues as The Stone Pony in Asbury Park and the Coney Island Boardwalk. 

Since 1994 I’ve been writing and performing songs in coffeehouses, sports bars, and bookstores. Early in my singer/songwriter days I found my voice with epic, progressive rockers like “Wall of Sound” and quirky tunes with humor from my life’s experiences like “Cubicle.” I really broke through in the winter of 2001 when my ode to Jersey driving, “You Can’t Get There from Here in Jersey” got airplay on NPR’s Car Talk program. The single also made it to the show’s “Best Of” CD. Soon it will be a music video and the lead track to a new compilation, “It’s a Jersey Thing,” centered around my style of Jersey rock with Jersey humor. Significantly, this album combines tracks from my “Jason Didner” music project and my “Jungle Gym Jam” songs for families. On this record, you’ll find a consistent musical style, energy and sense of humor across both of my musical personalities.

When 9/11 changed America forever, I felt great pain for my near and dear New York City. My very next time into the city a week later (a business meeting at the U.N.) brought me face-to-face with all those “Missing” flyers, with the ink streaking in the misty rain. It felt like my city was crying and I needed to feel her tears mingle with my own. On that walk from Port Authority Bus Terminal to the U.N., I had already written the bulk of “Stand Tall, United” in my head. That song would help anchor my first commercially released full-length album American Road, which was built on themes of how 9/11 changed us as a people. The album was about hiding and re-emerging; resenting and forgiving, ultimately taking the high road back to brotherhood and sisterhood.

Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind by Jason Didner

As my home studio skills improved, I’ve been inspired to record and release more music. One pathway I’m rediscovering during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is to collaborate online with fellow music professionals at F-Jam Studios Online Music Collaborations. In 2022 I launched the album “Salt and Sand: Rock Songs to Heal the Mind.”

I’m just beginning to return to live, in-person performances, mixing sets of grown-up music into my family-friendly gigs. I’ve also come to enjoy playing live on you computer screen and will continue to do so when I can.

Musically yours,

Jason

Contact

Mobile: (201) 838-1205
jasondidner@gmail.com

Location

Montclair, NJ USA

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