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. 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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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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