"Jimmy Merchant is an outstanding performer and music educator. He has worked with my high school Jazz Ensemble for several years as a guest clinician as well as the private teacher to many of my students. He is a role model for our students, and gives valuable advice on the skills and attitude needed for them to succeed. Jimmy's musicality, creativity, and musicianship is perhaps only surpassed by his incredible work ethic. I highly recommend Jimmy and RS Berkeley."
Jennifer Poorman Hodgson (Band Director, Southern Regional High School )
"I am so grateful to a mutual acquaintance for introducing me to Jimmy Merchant! I was immediately impressed with Jimmy's responsiveness and excitement to work with my students. We were quickly able to secure a date and time that met the needs of my students, and Jimmy's professionalism made itself readily apparent. Jimmy had a great rapport with my students and could immediately assess what they needed help with and exactly what kind of exercises and ideas would help them improve the quality of their sound. The days since Jimmy's time with my students, I have noticed a clear improvement in their tone quality. I look forward to working with Jimmy more in the future, and I know my students are eager to have Mr. Merchant return."
Erin Dougherty (Band Director, Talbott Springs Elementary School/Waterloo Elementary School; Director, Howard County Elementary Honor Band)
"Thank you so much, Jimmy, for making our special day even more special. You are such a talented professional and an awesome musician. Everyone enjoyed you both. Thanks again!"
Caryn Raymond-Lyon (Bride; May 2018 Wedding)
"Jimmy Merchant, apart from being an outstanding musician, is an absolute pleasure to work with. He had an amazing chemistry with my students, and did an excellent job explaining and demonstrating jazz concepts to them. Thank you to RS Berkeley for making this possible."
Johnny Dondero (Director, Southern Regional Jazz Band )
"Talk about Funky, Tight and Swingin'. I consider Jimmy Merchant the newest "Groove Merchant" on the scene today. His combination of a beautiful sound, good time, and great ideas will appeal to all audiences no matter what age."
Ken Hitchcock (Broadway Musician, Professor of Saxophone at Mannes Conservatory)
"The only thing Jimmy Merchant & Friends were serving up was sweet jazz, sprinkling the atmosphere with some extra class all day long. Playing to the crowd, they broke out the more universally known and loved Sinatra, or movie themes, when it appeared to be extra kid-friendly."
The Sandpaper, July 2013 (Long Beach Island, NJ)
"Monday fish-n-chips nights are always a special time with Jimmy Merchant and his musicians. Their great jazzy tunes liven up the summer nights at Off the Hook."
Kris Panacek (Owner of Off the Hook Restaurant, Barnegat Light, NJ)
"The James Merchant Band started playing at Woodies in Ship Bottom this summer. Their jazz music fills the air, mingling with the smell of char-grilled burgers, it makes for the perfect summer night in LBI."
Pete Poulas (Owner of Woodies Drive Inn, Ship Bottom, NJ)