Ricky Sweum Jazz Bop Group

When: Fri., Nov. 26, 7:30-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 27, 7:30-10 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 17, 7:30-10 p.m. 2010

From Jimmy Smith's early sides with Lou Donaldson on up through the latest recordings by the James Carter Organ Trio, the sweet soul grooves of the Hammond B-3 have proven a perfect complement to the savoir faire of a well-played sax. The Ricky Sweum Organ Trio brings that tradition to the Springs, as the bright young tenor player shares the stage with organist Mike Schwartz and drummer Tim Stombaugh. Since relocating here five years ago, Sweum has earned an outstanding reputation in the local jazz community as both lead soloist with the Air Force's Falconaires and a bandleader in his own right. If you need convincing, check out "Sunset Iraq," the arresting 7 1/2-minute centerpiece of his 2009 Origin Records debut, Pulling Your Own Strings. Or just stop by Rico's Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Bar (322 N. Tejon St., poorrichards.biz), where the trio holds court this Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. No cover. — Bill Forman

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