Saxophonist Casey Benjamin Dies at 45

The acclaimed musician was an original member of the Robert Glasper Experiment and worked with Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and many more.

Casey Benjamin, an acclaimed, two-time Grammy-winning musician and a founding member of the Robert Glasper Experiment band, has passed away, the Huff Post reports.

Benjamin’s management confirmed his passing on Monday (April 1).

No cause of death has been disclosed.

Derrick Hodge, who plays electric bass in the band, also paid tribute to Benjamin in a post on social media.

“Tonight, I honor a brother ... Casey Benjamin, thank you for inspiring me, for being a light in my life, and for your unbelievable influence on the music world. I will carry your smile with me, brother,” Hodges wrote. “And we will collectively honor and carry your legacy with us.”

“Can’t get my words together at this moment but will echo a few of my last words to you: I’m thankful for you and love you always!” his post continued. “Rest well, King.”

Born in Queens, New York in 1978, Benjamin began playing the saxophone at eight years old. He was trained at the Harlem School of the Arts and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. In 1997, Benjamin matriculated at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he met Glasper.

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Benjamin went on to form the Robert Glasper Experiment along with Hodge on bass and Chris “Daddy” Dave on drums making their debut on Glasper’s Double-Booked in 2009.

In 2012, the Experiment won the Grammy for Best R&B Album for Black Radio and “Black Radio 2” which earned them the Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy in 2015 for their cover of Stevie Wonder's “Jesus Children of America.”

As a touring musician, Benjamin has played with Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend. He was also the musical director for acid-jazz pioneer DJ Logic for several years.

We extend our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Casey Benjamin.

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