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Monday, June 5, 2023
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Lakecia Benjamin & Phoenix

6:00 PM
All Ages
Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner Specials are SOLD OUT. Meat & veggie chili will be available to purchase at the counter. Masks are encouraged. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Pistachio & Herb Stuffed Chicken
Roasted Garlic & Tomato Crostini
Arugula Salad with Mint, Tomatoes & Feta
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Phoenix, the new album/project by rising-star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin was masterfully produced by Terri Lyne Carrington alongside an incredible cast of special guests. The live tour will feature Benjamin’s quartet. Phoenix is a deeply personal outing for Benjamin and presents mostly all original compositions and arrangements, solidifying her standing as not just an amazing player but as a formidable composer and arranger. The record continues Benjamin’s legacy work with artists that she respects and has been mentored by, and was heavily influenced by her experiences over the past two years, and all that she has learned since the release of Pursuance at the cusp of the pandemic.

Of the project, Benjamin says, “This album is a bit of a rebirth for me; it continues the inter-generational legacy work I’ve been doing in the past by featuring guests that have inspired me musically, spiritually and as a human being. I am painting the picture of reinventing and recreating oneself from ‘the ashes’, so to speak, although this time using my own compositions as the vehicle. I am excited to be starting a new journey and partnering with Whirlwind Recordings to introduce this album to the world.”

One of the most sought-after and revered saxophonists in the world, Benjamin was voted 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Alto Saxophonist and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.  Known for her charisma and dynamism as a player, as a composer she has an inimitable skill of fusing traditional conceptions of jazz, hiphop and soul. She’s performed alongside Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray, and many more

Lakecia Benjamin Website
Sponsored by Janet Berry & Ted Kirkiles
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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