Ricky Sweum is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, educator, and music producer. He is known for his eight solo albums, ambient sax nature soundscapes, dozens of sideman albums, and his 16 years of performing with and leading US Air Force Bands. Ricky is currently the leader of the jazz big band at the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West in the Bay Area, California.

Ricky utilizes the power of music to bring harmony to the world. 


“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