Lakecia Benjamin is a streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, who is one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. A charismatic and dynamic saxophonist and bandleader, Lakecia has worked with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray. She’s performed on four continents and her recording credits include saxophone and arrangements for Santigold, Maurice Brown, the Clark Terry Big Band, Krystle Warren, and Talib Kweli, among others. After being so in demand as a collaborator, Benjamin took center stage with the release of her unconventional soul and funk album Retox (2012) on Motéma Music. The debut disc finds the saxophonist showing off her impeccable purist jazz resume with a deep, kaleidoscopic, and ingeniously arranged mix of original old school soul and funk songs. [Photos 1 & 2: Elizabeth Leitzell] [Photo 3: Diva JC, Awa, and Lakecia at Umbria Jazz, Perugia, Italy, July 2014]
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