Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lakecia Benjamin “RETOX”

Lakecia Benjamin is a jazzy, soul, funky, sultry alto saxophone playing lady that can blow the saxophone. Lakecia is a native of New York City, raised in Washington Heights. Lakecia picked up the saxophone while attending Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Lakecia joined the renowned jazz program at New York's New School University. While attending the university she was playing with known jazz musicians Clark Terry and Reggie Workman. While playing with them she gained notoriety. She got to tour and arrange the horn section for a variety of artists. Some of them are Rashied Ali, the David Murray Big Band, Vanessa Rubin and James "Blood" Ulmer, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, The Roots, and Anita Baker, Santigold, Maurice Brown, the Clark Terry Big Band, Krystle Warren and Talib Kweli, among others. Lakecia debut album “Retox” will be released on June 12, 2012. This album has a different kind of soul/funk sound. Lakecia has Chinah Blac featured on the single “Jump and Shout” she has that Chaka Khan vibe. Lakecia is also singing on some of the songs on the album. Lakecia says "This album is really a fruition of years of songwriting as much as it is a showcase for my sax playing and horn arrangements and I was more concerned with doing justice to my compositions than putting a sax solo in every song." If the album is anything like the song “Jump and Shout” I can’t wait to hear it. Streetwise Radio will be playing her single “Jump and Shout”. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on iTunes, live365, Athena365 and MyGen365.

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