Lakecia Benjamin

Lakecia Benjamin
Saturday, October 16 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Pre-show Talk with Lakecia at 7pm


  • $30 general admission | $8 NC State Students | $15 NC State Faculty/Staff
  • Tickets for Lakecia Benjamin’s performance go on sale Friday, October 1 at 9am.
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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

Lakecia Benjamin’s mix of talent, acumen, and intelligence is magnetic. Admired for her fiery sax work, she’s shared stages with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray, and renowned jazz greats like Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, and Regina Carter.

Lakecia has recently been named the Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and Rising Star – Alto Saxophone by the DownBeat Critics Poll.

Her hypnotic sound melds the vintage tones of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone with soaring, dance-floor worthy rhythms.

Lakecia Benjamin’s latest project “Pursuance” is an intergenerational journey through the lineage of jazz legends Alice and John Coltrane. Benjamin pays homage to those who have come before by featuring innovative bandleaders of her generation, such as, Reggie Workman (Co-producer and playing), Ron carter, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridegwater, Meshell Ndegecello, Regina Carter, Bertha Hope, Last poets, Greg Osby, Steve Wilson, John Benitez, Marc Cary, Marcus Gilmore, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Brandee Younger, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Jazzmeia Horn.


NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists. We are following all public health and University requirements as of the date of the event. NC State University currently requires the use of a face covering in all indoor public locations, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.

Lakecia Benjamin plays her sax. There's a black background and orange confetti all around her.