“Ms. Benjamin’s music is every bit as assertive and vital,”

– Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal 

Lakecia Benjamin’s majestic Pursuance: The Coltranes featured a star-studded cast reinterpreting pieces by iconic jazz power couple John and Alice Coltrane

-Rollingstone

Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes — a zesty homage to refresh the soul

-Financial Times

The alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays jazz that is sprinkled with the rich flavors of funk and soul—she’s a crafty traditionalist who remains in step with the rhythms of the young generation

-The New Yorker

“Equally melodic and assertive, her sound feels rooted in tradition, yet broad enough to encompass R&B and Latin music; its pronounced funk suggests allegiances to hip-hop and dance.” 

-Marcus J. Moore, The New York Times

She came to play in the band of Rashied Ali, the last of Coltrane’s drummers, and now has made her own ambitious statement, Pursuance: The Coltranes

-The Sydney Herald

“The wide sense of adventure on Phoenix reveals Benjamin as ambitious as she is focused, energetic, and perceptive,” Thom Jurek, All Music 

“With such an expansive, expressive album now under her belt, it will be fascinating to see where Benjamin’s muse takes her next,”

– Jason Gross, The New York City Jazz Record 

If a star emerges from Winter Jazzfest it could well be the alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. Jazz festivals looking to book a charming performer capable of captivating the masses and appealing to the serious-minded fans need look no further.

-Poll Star

“Benjamin exudes star-quality and authority in equal measure, qualities as evident in the music presented on this solid addition to her discography.”

– Ron Schepper, textura

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Announces New Album “Phoenix Reimagined”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Announces New Album “Phoenix Reimagined”

Lakecia Benjamin Special Guest All week On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Lakecia Benjamin Special Guest All week On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Lakecia Benjamin Voted Alto Saxplayer Of The Year 2024 By Jazz Journalists Association

Lakecia Benjamin Voted Alto Saxplayer Of The Year 2024 By Jazz Journalists Association

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Meet The First-Time Grammy Nominee: Lakecia Benjamin On ‘Phoenix,’ Dogged Persistence & Constant Evolution

Meet The First-Time Grammy Nominee: Lakecia Benjamin On ‘Phoenix,’ Dogged Persistence & Constant Evolution

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Lakecia Benjamin Nominated for The 55th NAACP Image Awards

Lakecia Benjamin Nominated for The 55th NAACP Image Awards

Vote for Lakecia in “Outstanding Jazz Album”

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Lakecia Benjamin Earns Three Nominations for 66th GRAMMY® Awards 

Lakecia Benjamin Earns Three Nominations for 66th GRAMMY® Awards 


 Lakecia Benjamin has received three category nominations at the 66th GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Jazz Performance and Best Original Composition

Lakecia Benjamin Appointed 2023 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar

Lakecia Benjamin Appointed 2023 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar

Lakecia Benjamin Wins Deutscher Jazzpreis Award Best Wind Instrument International

Lakecia Benjamin Wins Deutscher Jazzpreis Award Best Wind Instrument International

Lakecia Benjamin wins prestigious German Jazz awards prize

BET Features Lakecia Benjamin

BET Features Lakecia Benjamin

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Lakecia Benjamin Jazzcafe London Financial Times Review

Lakecia Benjamin Jazzcafe London Financial Times Review

“Lakecia Benjamin draws on the intense wellspring of classic John Coltrane and adds the sonics and history of her main instrument, alto sax. That core aesthetic was established even before she took the stage”

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Lakecia Benjamin #1 On Jazz week Charts

Lakecia Benjamin #1 On Jazz week Charts

Lakecia Benjamin’s Album Phoenix Released Jan 27th 2023 Via Whirlwind Records is number #1 on the Jazz Charts Three weeks and counting

Lakecia Benjamin Nominated by The Deutscher Jazzpreis For Best Wind Instrument International

Lakecia Benjamin Nominated by The Deutscher Jazzpreis For Best Wind Instrument International

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Lakecia Benjamin Announced as the Burlington Jazz Festival Artistic Director

Lakecia Benjamin Announced as the Burlington Jazz Festival Artistic Director

We are thrilled to welcome alto saxophonist, bandleader, and educator Lakecia Benjamin as this year’s festival curator. She played the waterfront stage at the 2022 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, opening for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Now she’s helping us shape a momentous 40th anniversary celebration for the festival

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Lakecia Benjamin Announced as The 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist in Residence

Lakecia Benjamin Announced as The 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist in Residence

Voted as the winner of the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll “Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” and Up & Coming Musician of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association, the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2023 Artist-in-Residence, charismatic and dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, fuses traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop, and soul

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Q With Tom Power CBC Radio

Q With Tom Power CBC Radio

Interview on CBC Radio Canada

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Album Of The Week WRTI

Album Of The Week WRTI

Shots ring out. Sirens wail. Upon arrival on alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s fourth studio album, Phoenix, we are thrown immediately into unsettling territory.But this ominous opening sets the tone for a story of eventual healing, transformation, resilience and rebirth. Like the mythological phoenix, we rise to overcome whatever trials and tribulations we face collectively or individually.

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WBGO Radio

WBGO Radio

Lakecia Benjamin rises up from injury, loss and adversity to address the humanity in all of us. Live interview speaking about her lastest album ‘phoenix”

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All Music Album Review

All Music Album Review

In March 2020, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin released Pursuance: The Colltranes, her fiery, imaginative third album. While driving home from a performance in Ohio in 2021, her car left the road in a rural area and flipped over in a drainage ditch. She suffered multiple injuries including neurological damage and a broken jaw. Three weeks later she was touring Europe.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

‘I had to do dramatic things to get attention’: sax player Lakecia Benjamin on crashing Prince gigs and charming Stevie Wonder.

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Wall Street Journal Review

Wall Street Journal Review

The up-and-coming jazz musician displays a more nuanced sound and showcases a sizzling band and several guest collaborators on a new album.

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NPR All Things Considered

NPR All Things Considered

  1. Lakecia Benjamin — Phoenix
    Featured Songs: “Amerikkan Skin (feat. Angela Davis),” “Supernova (feat. Wayne Shorter)”

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New York Times Feature

New York Times Feature

A Car Accident Couldn’t Halt the Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Rise

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STEREOGUM

STEREOGUM

Lakecia Benjamin’s last album, Pursuance, was a tribute to the music, spirit, and inspiration of John and Alice Coltrane. This one is more diffuse, but it’s in large part a consideration of female resilience; 

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Jazzwise Cover Feb 2023

Jazzwise Cover Feb 2023

Jazzwise magazine’s February issue is out now with fast rising New York alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin on the cover and talking about her bold new album Phoenix in a compelling feature interview inside.

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Downbeat Feb 2023 Cover!

Downbeat Feb 2023 Cover!

Feel The Power

When DownBeat caught up with Lakecia Benjamin in November via Zoom, the saxophonist and composer was clad in a cherry red sweatshirt, wearing angular, postmodern chrome eyeglasses. Her shirt was emblazoned in black with “Anyone who can’t dance to John Coltrane can’t dance,” a quote attributed (on the garment) to Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Lakecia Benjamin Live on BBC w/ Gilles Peterson

Lakecia Benjamin Live on BBC w/ Gilles Peterson

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Lakecia Benjamin New York Times Feature!

Lakecia Benjamin New York Times Feature!

Lakecia Benjamin had no trouble communicating the intensity of a live performance through a streaming screen.

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2020 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

2020 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Lakecia Benjamin, Pursuance: The Coltranes was one of the albums of the year !”

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Amazon Music Best Songs Of 2020

Amazon Music Best Songs Of 2020

Grammys Interview  Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin

Grammys Interview Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin

Every morning, the alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin rises before the sun, settles behind her 88-key electric piano and offers wordless thanks to the Creator. “My goal is to get to it before sunrise,” she tells GRAMMY.com from her New York apartment. “That’s when the universe is most receptive, right before the day is about to break and everyone gets in their prayers. I’m there before everyone.” 

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Best of 2020 – ABC Australia

Best of 2020 – ABC Australia

Each summer on ABC Jazz, we spend the break listening back to some of our favorite feature albums from the year just past. 2020 was of course a difficult year for musicians in particular – but even though gigs were hard to come by, there were plenty of great studio albums that made their way into our inbox.

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ESPN Interviews Lakecia Benjamin

ESPN Interviews Lakecia Benjamin

For Lakecia Benjamin, a saxophonist and bandleader from New York, the year began promisingly with plans for a new CD, Pursuance: The Coltranes, and a worldwide tour to promote the project. She expected the tour to recoup the money spent to book studio time and for the featured artists who appeared on the project. But the CD dropped on March 25 — just as the pandemic began to force closings across the United States.

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Rollingstone 6 Paths Through Jazz in 2020

Rollingstone 6 Paths Through Jazz in 2020

Altoist Lakecia Benjamin‘s majestic Pursuance: The Coltranes featured a star-studded cast reinterpreting pieces by iconic jazz power couple John and Alice Coltrane

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Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Sax

Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Sax

Lakecia Benjamin wins 2020 Downbeat critics poll rising star alto saxophone . Also places in Album of the year , Rising Star arranger  and Rising star producer .

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Jazz times : Chops Lakecia Benjamin

Jazz times : Chops Lakecia Benjamin

The alto saxophonist’s tribute to John and Alice is a lesson in logistics

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NPR: Play it forward

NPR: Play it forward

Benjamin extends the connection in this episode, sharing a song they recorded together off her new album Pursuance: The Coltranes. Ari Shapiro talked to her at length about the record, which reinterprets the work of John and Alice Coltrane with the help of a staggering ensemble cast, and about an artist she is grateful for: James Blake.

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2020 JJA Award Winner

2020 JJA Award Winner

Congratulations to all the winners of the 25th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, listed below

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Lakecia benjamin featured on BBC radio 3

Lakecia benjamin featured on BBC radio 3

New York City-based altoist Lakecia Benjamin plays a special Home Session for J to Z and shares music that has inspired her career.

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Our Job is to heal and spread joy” Jazzwise feature

Our Job is to heal and spread joy” Jazzwise feature

Fast-rising altoist Lakecia Benjamin talks to Thomas Rees about the healing power of music and the story behind Pursuance, her star-studded, intergenerational tribute to those twin powerhouses of spiritual jazz, Alice and John Coltrane

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Lakecia Benjamin Pursues a spiritual quest “ -Downbeat

Lakecia Benjamin Pursues a spiritual quest “ -Downbeat

Pursuance is Benjamin’s most ambitious project so far, not only for its eye-popping lineup, but for the magnitude of its subject matter: the compositions of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane .The meaningful twist here is the equal weight that Benjamin gives to Alice’s work, intentionally dividing the album’s 13 tracks about equally between the two musicians.

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A tip of the sax – Jazziz

A tip of the sax – Jazziz

At first, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin was ambivalent about recording a Coltrane tribute album, but ultimately pulled the trigger knowing that her concept was materially different than the scores of Coltrane projects that preceded hers. Pursuance (Ropeadope Records) honors and interprets the music of both Alice and John Coltrane 

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WBGO  Feature “The Pulse”

WBGO Feature “The Pulse”

That new album, Pursuance: The Coltranes, not only pays tribute to John and Alice Coltrane, but also stands as a testament to her relentless nature. She literally pursued each and every jazz great that graces her album  from bassists Reggie Workman and Ron Carter, to alto saxophonists Gary Bartz and Greg Osby, to vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets.

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Lakecia Benjamin Featured In UK Jazzwise

Lakecia Benjamin Featured In UK Jazzwise

New York City altoist Lakecia Benjamin has assembled an intergenerational all-star cast for this tribute to Alice and John Coltrane. Benjamin's alto sound is one of the first things that grabs you about the album. It’s rich, soulful and drenched in the blues. She plays with such passion and such commitment you know she means every note, and it’s hard to think of a more fitting tribute to the Coltranes than that. 
 

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Afro Punk Features Lakecia Benjamin

Afro Punk Features Lakecia Benjamin

Afro Punk previews new single Alice Coltranes "Om Shanti" 

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Lakecia Benjamin Rave Pollstar Review

Lakecia Benjamin Rave Pollstar Review

If a star emerges from Winter Jazzfest it could well be the alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. Jazz festivals looking to book a charming performer capable of captivating the masses and appealing to the serious-minded fans need look no further

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Lakecia Benjamin Featured In The New Yorker Magazine

Lakecia Benjamin Featured In The New Yorker Magazine

The alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjaminplays jazz that is sprinkled with the rich flavors of funk and soul—she’s a crafty traditionalist who remains in step with the rhythms of the young generation.Benjamin presents music from her upcoming project, “Pursuance,” an homage to the brilliant, timeless work of Alice and John Coltrane.

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Lakecia Benjamin Featured In Hot House Magazine

Lakecia Benjamin Featured In Hot House Magazine

Alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin achieved the unbelievable last August by recruiting close to three dozen players from across the generations to record the music of John and Alice Coltrane during two marathon 12-hour days.

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NPR Features Lakecia Benjamin

NPR Features Lakecia Benjamin

NPR features Lakecia Benjamin as the top 3 women to watch !

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Lakecia Featured in New York City Jazz Record

Lakecia Featured in New York City Jazz Record

Lakecia Benjamin is a product of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Her upbringing and background strongly inform her worldview and playing.Whether onstage as a leader or band member, she’s possessed of energy and intensity unmistakably geared to giving her audience a good show. 

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Jazziz Article : The Shape of Jazz to Come Artists to Watch 2019!

Jazziz Article : The Shape of Jazz to Come Artists to Watch 2019!

She was reared on the music of James Brown, The Meters and Sly and the Family Stone, and as she set out on her own in the music world, she brought those influences with her, mixing them the prodigious jazz chops

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Lakecia Starts Jazz House Kids Sax Residency!!

Lakecia Starts Jazz House Kids Sax Residency!!

Lakecia Benjamin will be the resident sax faculty Feb 23- April 9th 2019

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NYC Native Lakecia Benjamin on Bringing Jazz to the Youth

NYC Native Lakecia Benjamin on Bringing Jazz to the Youth

Growing up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Lakecia Benjamin first picked up the saxophone at age 11—and that was always the only instrument for her.

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Downbeat

Downbeat

Lakecia benjamn featured in June Downbeat Magazine.

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okayplayer

okayplayer

A bonafide funk, jazz and R&B star, Lakecia Benjamin is happy to share her latest Ropeadope effort, Rise Up, with the masses who love good tunes.

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Sonic: Jazz & Brass

Sonic: Jazz & Brass

Lakecia Benjamin featured in Sonic.

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The 7 Best Moments From the BRIC JazzFest

The 7 Best Moments From the BRIC JazzFest

“I see we've got some romantics in the house,” Benjamin told the rapt crowd after performing her swooning 2012 song “Dreams” with help from gut-wrenching vocalist Nicole Phifer. With her collection of original compositions, the alto player brought undeniable energy and feeling to the stage that recalled the spirit of soul jazz. It was slow, but played with the kind of investment that’s rare on a festival stage — emotional without ever feeling overwrought.

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Lakecia Benjamin In Vanity Fair

Lakecia Benjamin In Vanity Fair

Lekecia Benjamin Featured In Vanity Fair Mag !

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Lakecia Benjamin Featured In June Jazz Times!

Lakecia Benjamin Featured In June Jazz Times!

For someone who exhibits striking presence and showmanship onstage, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s path to being a professional musician seems surprisingly—almost unbelievably—incidental.

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JazzTimes

JazzTimes

Lakecia Benjamin profile featured on JazzTimes.

New York Times

New York Times

Lakecia Benjamin in New York Times’ The Arts section.

The New Face of Jazz

The New Face of Jazz

Lakecia Benjamin featured in Allegro.

Jazz & The City

Jazz & The City

Lakecia Benjamin featured in Salzburg.

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