Dave Eckman

With influences from great saxophonists like Marc Russo and Lenny Pickett in his playing, Dave Eckman is one of the most in-demand sax players in Knoxville, Tennesee.

Dave frequently plays around the southeastern US with funk, soul, rock, and blues bands, but also has a background in classical music. He’s performed works by Ibert, Milhaud, Maurice, Glazounov, and others with various symphonies across Florida.

Dave has been playing the saxophone for more than 25 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of South Florida. His classical instructor was James Bishop.

His busiest projects are State Street Rhythm Section, and Soulfinger, two of Knoxville’s most popular bands.

Dave teaches saxophone at the Music Arts school in Oak Ridge and is currently serving as the executive director of the Oak Ridge Arts Council (ACOR). ACOR is responsible for organizing the “Secret City” Festival. Held annually each year, this two day event draws thousands of people from all over the state of Tennessee.