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Lakecia Benjamin

Lakecia Benjamin is a Vandoren artist. Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin's electric stage presence and fiery sax work, has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others, brings the soul and funk up to a fever pitch in a show that's guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night. Though her own music with her band Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level

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Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Umhome; House of the Rising Sun; Milele; Hapo Zamani; Love Tastes Like Strawberries; Khuluma; Pata Pata; A Piece of Ground; Kwedini; Lakutshon’ilanga; Olili; Mbombela; Jike’lemaweni; Nonqonqo; Ring Bell, Ring Bell; Mabhongo.

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Article: In Pictures

The Tenth Annual John Coltrane international Jazz & Blues Festival

Read "The Tenth Annual John Coltrane international Jazz & Blues Festival" reviewed by La-Faithia White


A collection of photos from the tenth annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina from September 4th 2021 to September 5th 2021, featuring Marcus Anderson, Kenny Lattimore, Blood Sweat and Tears, Julian Vaughn, Lakecia Benjamin, Kurt Elling, Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph} Tito Puente Jr., Melina Almodovar, Christone KingFish Ingram, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna

Read "New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Hiromi, vocalists Karuna Shinsho, Karen Marguth and saxophonists Houston Person and Beth McKenna with birthday shoutouts to Anita O'Day, Bobby Troup, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Nyro (born on the same day -how cool is that?), Thelonious Monk, Jenna Mammina, Jane Bunnett, Lakecia Benjamin, Freddy Cole and more. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Live Review

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Willie Nelson, who continues his homage to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Alpern and pianist Rachel Eckroth with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane in the second hour, along with guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalists Anita Wardell, Rosana Eckert, Vicki Burns and more. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Interview

Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound

Read "Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some jazz drummers, as remarkable as they may be and as successful as their careers are, just aren't suited to drive a big band. It's not for every percussionist. But every big band needs a good one or the effort will fall short. A ship needs a rudder. Ulysses Owens Jr., who started beating out rhythms ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Women in Jazz: Woodwind Players

Read "Women in Jazz: Woodwind Players" reviewed by Russell Perry


Never have there been more prominent women clarinetists, saxophonists, and flutists in jazz than there are today and that trend has continued steadily for years. In the 25th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards alto player Lakecia Benjamin was the Up and Coming Musician of the Year, Lauren Sevian was the Baritone Saxophonist of the Year, ...

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Eternal Dance

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Label: Savant Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:03

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...


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