String Theory

Ricky Sweum: String Theory By CICILY JANUS (from AllAboutJazz.com)November 11, 2009 The fog has lifted off of the coast of Seattle with the rise of Origin Records. As the fisherman of jazz today, they’ve cast their nets and pulled in a catch of fresh, raw and bold talent. Their latest catch: saxophonist Ricky Sweum. Pulling …

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Music is the Weapon

Local jazz luminary Ricky Sweum exits Colorado Springs on a high note By Bill Forman (from the “Independent Newspaper” June, 2011). Think of it as a pre-emptive strike. Ricky Sweum, the bright young tenor player who over the last five years has established himself as one of the most creative forces in our local jazz …

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Listenin’ With Lenny

Listenin’ With Lenny   By Lenny Mazel for the Pikes Peak Jazz Notes Newsletter, January 2011. www.ppjass.org With no prior knowledge of what is being heard, a local jazz artist comments on musical selections chosen by 25-year veteran of jazz radio Lenny Mazel. This month’s guest is: Ricky Sweum [saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator] Joe Lovano …

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Vipassana and Jazz

Vipassana and Jazz   The completion of the 10 day Vispassana Meditation course in 2013, as taught by S. N. Goenka, has had a profound effect on my mind. It is a simple technique that contains the potential to free the practitioner from suffering both mentally and physically, and enables one to experience the present …

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The New Face of Jazz

The New Face of Jazz   From the, “The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow” [A Random House Book 2010] By Cicily Janus – photography by Ned Radinsky [Excerpt from book – used by permission from the author] Ricky Sweum “Music is a lifelong journey …

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