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Ricky Sweum

Saxophonist, composer, and educator, Ricky Sweum brings his passion for modern jazz to audiences and students throughout the world. He is currently working for the Air Force Band of the Pacific stationed in Anchorage, AK where he tours the United States, Japan, and Australia.

Recording for the 2009 JazzWeek Record Label of the Year, Origin Records, his CD “Pulling Your Own Strings” (2009) rose to #2 on the CMJ radio charts, #106 on the JazzWeek charts, and was chosen as KUVO-FM’s “CD of the Month”. He worked four years as the jazz director at Colorado College (2007-11) and was featured in the Random House book, “The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow” (2010).

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”Ricky is a burning tenor player with technique and ideas to spare.”
- Dave Liebman (jazz saxophonist and educational legend)

“…a great young saxophone player with big sound and a big future.”
- Walt Weiskopf (critically-acclaimed saxophonist and composer)

“Ricky plays with a maturity and control of his instrument that is a real pleasure to listen to. His sound commands your attention.”
- Bill Evans (Grammy nominated jazz saxophonist)

“Ricky Sweum plays with one foot rooted in the tradition and one looking to the future. He is a wonderfully creative saxophonist and prolific composer.”
- Gary Smulyan (six-time Grammy Award winning baritone saxophonist)

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