Jacob at a Big Band gig while in U.S. Marines
"Jacob, you've got GREAT hands!!! ...hands from hell...!" Jim Chapin - circa 2005 (20th century’s most influential drum set educator)
* Above quote made with Kenwood Dennard (Berklee College Music), Russ Miller (2012 American Idol drummer, recording artist) and Geoffrey Lang (Nikki Yanofsky) in attendance.
"Jacob, I dig your playing, big time... You're a hellava drummer!! ... Dig your big band drumming man, lots of fire." Mike Clark circa 2014 - (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, etc)
Quote: "Thank you for the wonderful lesson. I enjoyed it a lot. I will print these exercices and get to work. I will see you soon." Camil Bélisle - Member of the Trio Lorraine Desmarais. A regular at the Montreal Jazz Festival, he can be heard on Jazz and Radio-Canada Jazz Beat recordings.
Auther Press - Boston Symphony Orchestra (retired)
"Very cool! ... I like the fact that you are doing YOUR combinations... and not just transcribing what I did."
Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (Santana, Christina Aguilera, etc.) - referencing his DVD
"Very nice. Nice hands, nice energy. Nice Independent Left hand lead.“ (referring to video) Kenwood Dennard (Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Associate Professor of Percussion, Berklee College of Music)
Quote: "Hey Brother ..!!.. still remember the time you 'went out' like Elvin Jones at Crystal Mansion Studios." Johnny Neel (Formerly with the Allman Brothers Band & vocals on Walt Disney Records CD releases Finding Nemo, Cars, and Ratatouille.)