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Lakecia Benjamin

Lakecia Benjamin was born in New York City and raised in Manhattan’s predominantly Dominican Washington Heights neighborhood. She played recorder in grade school and junior high where she also began writing songs and lyrics. She won admission to the Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. It was there she began playing saxophone in earnest. She picked it up quickly and after graduating joined the renowned jazz program at New York’s New School University.

Benjamin is a 3x GRAMMY nominated New York-based saxophonist, arranger, composer, and educator. Her music offers a unique meld of R&B, several strains of jazz, and funk. Her warm, resonant tone — that has been compared to Johnny Griffin’s — lends itself to any form of music she chooses to play. In addition to honing her chops early with Clark Terry and later Terri Lyne Carrington, she is also a noted accompanist for vocalists — among them Gregory Porter and Theo Crocker. Retox, her 2012 leader debut, offered a beat-conscious set of soul and funk covers and originals produced by Ben Kane. Benjamin played on “Right on Brotha,” the closing track from Robert Glasper’s Everything’s Beautiful in 2018, a collection of reimagined Miles Davis tracks. Her sophomore date, Rise Up for Ropeadope, contained a Prince-inspired series of original jazz-funk jams. In 2020, she released Pursuance: The Coltranes. The widely acclaimed set contained six tunes each by Alice and John Coltrane, with Benjamin leading a large cast that included former Coltrane sideman Reggie Workman. In 2023 she returned with the star-studded Phoenix. Produced by Carrington, it wed jazz, funky soul, R&B, and hip-hop with an all-star cast. The album brought upon three GRAMMY nominations and universal praise.

with the support of The United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva

	
Sunday – 14 July
Stage
The Memphis
Tickets Category
Standing & Seating

MONTREUX JAZZ ARTISTS FOUNDATION

17:30

Workshop by MJAF: RELIRE GAINSBOURG EN 2024, with LAURENT BALANDRAS &  MARLONE 

20:00

Concert by MJAF: LAKECIA BENJAMIN 

22:00

Jam Session with Clarendelle by MJAF

Monday – 15 July
Stage
The Memphis
Tickets Category
Standing & Seating
17:30

Workshop by MJAF: LAKECIA BENJAMIN

20:00

Concert: DARGZ

22:00

Jam Session with Clarendelle by MJAF