Jimmy Merchant

“Throughout my 15 years of playing saxophones, I have tried MANY reeds... My search stopped 3 years ago when I was introduced to Marca Reeds. The cane is the best I have played and some of the longest lasting!”

About Jimmy Merchant

Jimmy Merchant, a Marca Reeds and BG France Ligatures and Brass and Woodwind accessories endorsee, is a 25-year-old New Jersey native, professional saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He works as an in-demand sideman in live performances on Broadway, for singer/songwriters and corporate bands. He performs as a studio session musician for artists and bands of various genres. Some of the bands Jimmy performs with are: Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why, Evangelia, Eryn Shewell, The Bryan Hansen Band, Eastside Mix, Chrissie Limos, and LYF. Jimmy has been cast in VH-1's television show "Love and Hip Hop", and has been featured in numerous music videos.

“BG truly knows how to make sure the musician is always comfortable. I can attest to this from not only using their next straps but with their ligatures. The duo ligature allows my reed to vibrate freely. Whether it’s with the silver duo (bright sound), rose gold (warmer sound), gold (darker sound)— I am always able to sing through my instrument and put my best sound out thanks to the perfectly designed BG ligatures.”

Jimmy also works as an educator for all age groups. He has done masterclasses regularly throughout the United States and internationally, in music stores and schools. These masterclasses feature a variety of topics from a focus on musicianship, improvisation, maintaining equipment, and so on, to perfoming on Broadway, locally, and touring. Every masterclass is tailored to the level of, and needs of, the people and/or students he is working with.

Jimmy currently is a substitute musician on Broadway for Mark Gross in the musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations.”

Jimmy started playing saxophone when he was 10, and remained committed to pursuing his formal education in the arts. He attended the prestigious Mannes Prep of The New School for Music in Manhattan where he majored in Music Theory and Saxophone Performance. He went on to Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Arts where he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance.