They say it all started with a bang — and that it did on the Revive Stage at NYC’s 2016 Winter Jazzfest. By only 7 keep reading »
We’re pleased to announce our annual stage at the 2016 NYC Winter Jazzfest feat. KING, Terrace Martin, Lakecia Benjamin, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s CHURCH, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford keep reading »
This past week Lakecia Benjamin brought her band SoulSquad along with a slew of special guests to Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate the release of her new album Retox. As you will see below, the energy they brought that night can not be matched by many. Check out their opening tune as well as a highlight of the night as dualing keyboardists Chris Rob and Jesse Fischer took it to each other with Fischer on the Motif and Rob rocking the keytar.
Today, we here at The Revivalist are extremely excited to present the first single and video off of Lakecia’s upcoming solo debut Retox, entitled “Jump And Shout.” Upon first listen, the tune, which features Chinah Blacc on vocals, gives the feel of an anthem of sorts. The smooth and sultry exuberance of Benjamin’s SoulSquad lends to the overall conclusion that the rest of the record will feature the group’s innate propensity towards tight-knit groove-oriented arrangements that speak to the soul.
A native New Yorker, Lakecia Benjamin has evolved from her beginnings as a saxophonist at Fiorello Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, to working as a touring musician with Clark Terry’s Big Band, and in her current incarnation as horn section femme-fatale leading the Hot Spot Horns; playing for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and Keyshia Cole. She has simultaneously transitioned into producing her own original works with SoulSquad, a group comprised of musical peers from her days at The New School University, which she hopes will showcase her writing talents as effectively as her musicianship, while establishing the sound she has lent to so many other artist’s recordings as something uniquely her own.