“Streaming hypnotic lines together one by one, he tells the story of a soul who must sing and does so with unadulterated beauty and intelligence” — Cicily Janus, author, New Face of Jazz

“Ricky 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

“Ricky is a burning tenor player with technique and ideas to spare…well worth checking out!” — David Liebman

“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 (sax)

“Ricky Sweum is an excellent saxophonist…beautiful and musical…a pleasure for my ears.” — James Moody

“…solos are inventive and exciting.” — Marian McPartland

“A great young saxophone player with big sound and a big future.” – Walt Weiskopf


Ricky Sweum is a nationally award-winning jazz saxophonist, improvisation specialist, recording artist, composer, educator, and music producer.  He is known for his nine solo albums, ambient sax nature soundscapes, appearing as a sideman on over 30 albums, producer/audio engineer on over 30 productions, and his 18 years of performing with and leading U.S. Air Force Bands.  

He has performed for and taught millions of people around the globe in places as wide-ranging as Carnegie Hall in New York City, remote Arctic Circle villages in Alaska, ancient Kabuki theaters in Japan, Muslim boarding schools in Indonesia, and ships cruising through the Caribbean. He has played music for audiences in every U.S. state, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Mexico, and Canada. 

Ricky is the Director of the Tiger Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Theory teacher, and Saxophone instructor at Colorado College.  Ricky holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music Production from Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He is an official P. Mauriat saxophone endorsing artist.

As an educator, Ricky’s top students have won scholarships to Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of Southern California, University of Colorado in Boulder, Lamont School of Music, placements in all-state honor bands, and gone on to become successful musicians and educators at the University and K-12 levels.



For inquires about live performance, lessons, and music production services:
ricky at rickysweum dot com