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"...his talent is outstanding, and he brings with him a spirit and enthusiasm that is inspirational, reflecting his serious attitude about music.  He has a consuming interest in quality, and he stands as a constant reminder of what this art form can and should reflect."  
Sammy Nestico

"...it is clear to me that he understands the nuances of music, the nuances of playing the saxophone at a virtuoso level; and the importance of teaching." 
David J. Gibson, Editor, Saxophone Journal

"Joe's positive attitude, relaxed demeanor and outstanding musical abilities put him at the top of my list."    
John Fedchock

"...under his leadership, the "Note" displayed a wonderful sense of color, dynamics and feeling.  When the band was "happening" it was a joy to be there...and Joe made it happen."
Bob Florence

"Mr. Eckert is well-known and well-respected in both professional performance and educational circles.  This speaks volumes of his abilities and his teaching skills..."
Marvin Stamm


"Joe has always demonstrated his involvement and commitment to the making and teaching of music.  He has tremendous knowledge, energy as well as the necessary "people" skills to best serve any musical project."

Peter Erskine


"...one of the best classical/jazz saxophonists ever to attend the University of North Texas.  Joe is an outstanding musician who is comfortable performing/teaching all styles of music at a very high level."

Jim Riggs, Regents Professor of Saxophone (retired), University of North Texas


"Joe is a joy to interact with musically... he is truly a virtuosic performer in both classical and jazz idioms."

Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies, Shenandoah Conservatory



"One of the unusual things about Joe is his ability to play in both the classical and jazz worlds.  He continues to actively perform in both styles and is highly sought after as a performer and clinician."

Dr. Jackie Lamar, Professor of Saxophone, University of Central Arkansas



"Without a doubt, Joe is one of the finest and stongest lead alto players, and accomplished soloists, in the world today."

Mark Channon, Thursday Morning Jazz Host, 91.3 FM, WWUH radio, West Hartford, CT