Lakecia Benjamin Earns Three GRAMMY® Nominations for Phoenix (Whirlwind)

 Lakecia Benjamin has received three category nominations at the 66th GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Jazz Performance and Best Instrumental Composition

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“Earthen and defiant, Benjamin carries the old masters in her bones.” – All About Jazz

“With such an expansive, expressive album now under her belt, it will be fascinating to see where Benjamin’s muse takes her next.” – The New York City Jazz Record

“In an era of making singles that cater to the perceived attention span of the listening public, Lakecia Benjamin shows y’all how to throw down an album — an amazing album, at that.” – DownBeat Magazine


New York, NY – First-time GRAMMY® nominee Lakecia Benjamin is thrilled to be celebrating three nominations this year, defining her as one of the most nominated jazz artists of the season. Phoenix (Whirlwind Recordings), her riveting new album took the world by storm upon it’s January release, catapulting her to the cover of DownBeat Magazine, the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and to stages all over the world, including the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Now, Phoenix has been honored with three GRAMMY® nominations including for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Jazz Performance “Basquiat” and Best Instrumental Composition (“Amerikkan Skin”). The 66th GRAMMY® Awards will take place on February 4, 2024. 

Produced by GRAMMY® winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Phoenix features a star-studded line up of specially curated guests Dianne Reeves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Patrice Rushen, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis and the late Wayne Shorter. The album is aptly titled, representative of Lakecia’s overcoming of a near-fatal car accident in 2021, which threatened to derail her career, as well as the return to life following pandemic. The compositions on Phoenix are written around the skillsets of her triumphant guests, most of which are inspirational women in jazz who have influenced her. 

Born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City, Lakecia Benjamin is a musical tour-de-force with an eye-popping list of credits and collaborators including Stevie Wonder, Benjamin began playing with jazz figures like Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Rashied Ali, Christian Mcbride, Gregory Porter and James “Blood” Ulmer from an early age. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with such acclaimed artists as Anita Baker. She has released three previous albums including Retox (2012, Motéma), and two with Ropeadope, Rise Up (2016) and Pursuance (2020). 

Since releasing Phoenix, Benjamin has had a sensational year. Over the past 12 months, her fiery quartet has performed over a hundred concerts all over the world, including at top festivals and venues in the United States, Europe and South America and she has appeared on the cover of several international music magazines. She was the Artistic Director of the Burlington Jazz Festival, which, under her curation, drew their biggest all-time crowd, the Artist in Residence at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and recently, named a 2023 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar.

“This is such an incredible honor, and I can’t believe that after all this time it’s happening. I am grateful to my family, my friend and to all the people who have supported me over the course of my career. To God be the glory,” Benjamin shared in a statement. 



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