Lakecia Benjamin – digital program

Lakecia Benjamin dressed in all white, sits holding her gold saxophone. Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell.
photo by Elizabeth Leitzell

Lakecia Benjamin | saxophone
PURSUANCE: THE COLTRANES

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre
Pre-show Talk at 7pm in Talley Room 3285

Tonight’s performance will run for 60 minutes with no intermission.

MUSICIANS

Taber Gable | bass
EJ Strickland | drums
Ivan Taylor | piano

ABOUT LAKECIA BENJAMIN

Lakecia Benjamin was named by the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll as Rising Star in 2020. Her latest album “Pursuance,” which was chosen as one of the top 20 best albums for 2020, is an intergenerational masterpiece that takes one on a journey through the lineage of the music with the works of John and Alice 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, DeeDee Bridgewater, 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.

A charismatic and dynamic saxophonist and bandleader, Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Soul. Benjamin’s electric presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with several legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray. As the bandleader of Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, she melds the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters with soaring, dance-floor worthy rhythms. Benjamin’s grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level with sultry alto saxophone creating something special on every cut – be it a smoldering late-night ambiance, or a forceful jazz intensity, or even the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections.

New York City native, born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. From there she joined the renowned jazz program at New York’s New School University. However, even at that early stage, Benjamin was already playing with renowned jazz figures like Clark Terry and Reggie Workman, which introduced her to opportunities to play and tour with an array of artists such as Rashied Ali, the David Murray Big Band, Vanessa Rubin and James “Blood” Ulmer. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with such acclaimed artists as Anita Baker.

ABOUT NC STATE LIVE

NC State LIVE’s mission is to connect artists and audiences in a meaningful exploration of the cultures and issues that define our communities and world. Our artists have a unique knack for pushing boundaries while building bridges. Over the course of the season, we connect with countless campus and community partners to engage with our artists through free pre and post-show talks, master classes, lectures, panels and more. 

OUR RESIDENCY WITH LAKECIA BENJAMIN

Masterclass & Artist Talk with NC State jazz students
October 14, 2021

Lakecia led a masterclass with students from Dr. Wes Parker’s jazz ensembles. Following the class, Lakecia spoke with NC State students about her career path, producing her latest album, and shared words of advice for aspiring jazz performers.

Guest Artist Visit at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
October 15, 2021

NC State LIVE brought Lakecia into Ligon GT Magnet Middle School for a concert and Q&A session with the Ligon Jazz Band, directed by Renee Todd. Students spoke to Lakecia about the history of jazz and her career path.

NC STATE LIVE STAFF

Director: Sharon Moore
Associate Director: Liza Wade Green
Program Coordinator: Stephanie Clark

SHARE YOUR VOICE

Please help NC State LIVE shape our future by filling out our post-show survey below.

Participants will be entered to win free tickets to an NC State LIVE performance of your choice!

MAKE A GIFT TO NC STATE LIVE

Donors make it possible for NC State LIVE artists to impact the campus and community beyond the stage. Every dollar is put to work to fund masterclasses, artist discussions, and other events that enhance the student experience and help us reach the broadest possible audience. 

There are multiple ways to support NC State LIVE including: cash gifts, appreciated securities, corporate matching programs, and estate planning. 

To learn more about how you can impact NC State LIVE through your philanthropy visit go.ncsu.edu/SupportNCStateLIVE or contact Peyton Stokley at 919-513-4101, peyton_stokley@ncsu.edu.

JOIN US THIS FALL

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Pre-show Talk at 7pm
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Rissi Palmer sits in a wicker chair holding her guitar. Photo by Samantha Everette.

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Pre-show Talk at 7pm
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Residency.