Ricky Sweum is an American jazz saxophonist, music producer, and improvisation educator known for his six solo albums, and his 16 years performing with and leading US Air Force Bands. He specializes in writing original compositions and playing with a creative and spiritual propensity. Ricky currently resides in California’s Bay Area.


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


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