Saxophonist, composer, and educator, Ricky Sweum brings
his passion for modern jazz to audiences and students
throughout the world. Ricky currently lives in the Bay Area of California and tours the world as a saxophonist and
band leader for the US Air Force Band. He has performed in places ranging from Carnegie Hall to remote Alaskan
villages only accessible by airplane.
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).
Sweum has toured/recorded/performed with notable groups
such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Gerry Gibbs
Thrasher Big Band, Chie Imaizumi Jazz Orchestra,
9th+Lincoln Orchestra, Wil Swindler Elevenet, Darren Kramer
Organization, and the Ken Walker Sextet.
As a military musician, Ricky has performed for millions
throughout the United States at venues including Carnegie
Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday,
Telluride Jazz Festival, IAJE (NYC), Twin Cities Jazz
Festival, and the Macy’s Day Parade (NYC)