Casey Benjamin, Saxophonist and Keyboardist With Robert Glasper Experiment and More, Dies at 45

Casey Benjamin, an original Robert Glasper Experiment member who went on to play saxophone, keyboards, and other instruments with artists including Solange and A Tribe Called Quest, has died, HuffPost reports, citing Benjamin’s management. A cause of death was not announced. Benjamin was 45 years old.

Casey Benjamin was born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York, where he learned to play saxophone at the age of 8. He went on to study music at the Harlem School of the Arts and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, performing with local jazz crews, New York mainstays like Arto Lindsay, and, later, Robert Glasper, with whom he collaborated in the late 1990s before joining the first iteration of Robert Glasper Experiment in 2004. He also formed the funk outfit Heavy with Nicole Guiland in the 2000s.

Source : Pitchfork