Daniel Merchant
  • Apopka, FL
  • United States
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Where are you located?
Orlando, Florida
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
I have been a guitarist & bassist/singer all my life,I started playing at age six,and it all snowballed from there!! I played acoustic guitar for many years,and shortly after my brother gave me a beat up electric guitar & amp !!From there I played with many individuals in bands with people a lot older than me. It kind of kick started my first real bands where I learned to play lead and sing a little bit. After that I played some gigs throughout high school, and also participated in playing guitar & bass in the school musicals. I graduated early and went on to become a classical guitar major in college( because my music theory grades were so high ( as I slept through most of those classes) so my teacher helped me move on into that phase of my learning. It was great for me to learn about using my right hand to finger pick!! I also became chorally trained as a vocalist which was useful! I played more and then Enrolled in the Guitar Institute of Technology, where I played with the likes of Norman Brown , and Richard Smith, as well as Paul Gilbert , and Billy Sheehan!! I graduated at the top of my class and instantly loved ( and still do love) jazz , fusion funk, rock and also some classical music!! I love guitarists like Scott Henderson , Russ Freeman , Craig Chaquico, and so on.

I have a new jazz-fusion band called Streetbeat! We are in the process of breaking out here in Orlando! It is a long road that I am greatly enthusiastic about but we are just starting to walk that road!! We are putting our ears to the ground and we are keeping our eyes on the streets
so we can see and hear what is next for Streetbeat!!!
I would like to make connections with the jazz network!! thank you very much, it is my distinct honor and privilege to be here on the jazz network worldwide!!! Dan
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
I happened apon it when I was surfing facebook!!
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Bass, Guitar
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When Is Your CD Scheduled For Release?
April, December
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Streetbeat"s First gig!!

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

I just personally wanted to say I'm sorry for not posting sooner, but i have been very busy working in rehearsals with my new jazz & fusion band Streetbeat!!!

We had our first gig this last Saturday, and it went very, very well!! We are making a few adjustments but the three of us really put on a hot show!!! I felt great on my guitar work! Tony was amazing on drums as always! Also  the rest of the band did great!!


I will post sooner because we have a few more shows…


Hello Jazz Network

Posted on July 26, 2010 at 6:27pm 0 Comments

Hello, and my name is Dan Merchant, and I have a new jazz/ fusion band called Streetbeat!

I am very happy and feel privileged to be a part of this site!! I will blog and also tell you about new happenings with the band Streetbeat as well as post pictures, and songs , videos , and so forth!!

So stay tuned and keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the street to see whats new with STREETBEAT!! thanks

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At 7:04am on January 29, 2011, Daphne Elise Vaughan said…
Thank you, Daniel for commenting on my video. I'd pretty much forgotten it was there!
At 6:52pm on July 26, 2010, Daniel Merchant said…
Give it a little time people, I will make this site a great representation of my love for jazz , fusion, funk , music!!! Also I hope to showcase my new jazz - fusion band on here Streetbeat!!!

















Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

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