Laila Biali - On Tour 2017

Album release Fall 2017

Laila Biali

On tour:
- November 2017

Canadian award winning Jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger Laila Biali has been garnering not only national attention but worldwide recognition for her music, which has been performed at prestigious venues spanning all continents. She has toured with Grammy award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega and recorded with and supported pop icon Sting. Laila takes the best of pop, rock, classical and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it all into her musical arrangements. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination in Canada for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was added in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America.
Critics have called Laila a “keyboard virtuoso” (Toronto Star) with “a voice that makes the listener shudder” (Montreal Gazette), celebrating her “bold musical ventures, youthful funkiness, ingenuity, verve and depth” (Ottawa Citizen) and her “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. As an educator, Laila has been on faculty at Stanford University’s renowned summer jazz workshop. She is also a member of the all-female, New York based neo Classical  quartet Rose & The Nightingale whose members have toured with Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding.
She currently splits her time between Toronto and New York City.

"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own.
What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly."

- Sting

"Laila has the uncanny gift of making familiar songs sound brand new — and when we hear her new songs, it feels like we have known them for years. Laila invites us to a secret place that we never want to leave."
- Robert Sadin, multi Grammy award winning producer (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter)

"Biali has a voice that makes the listener shudder, it is so rounded and pure." - Montreal Gazette

"A keyboard virtuoso with a distinctive sultry voice - intimate and emotional." - Toronto Star

"Her ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop allows Biali to easily move between both worlds - so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record." - Spinner Magazine

"Juno Nominee Laila Biali makes music that you can put on when you want the world out of your head. It's familiar like a friend. It's jazz... at ease." - Tim Tamashiro, host of Tonic (CBC Radio 2)

"Laila Biali is a rare find. She is not just a great pianist filled with an ever shifting and seemingly endless lyricism; she has the voice of an angel, and seems incapable of singing one bad note or a phrase not tied to the emotional landscape of the lyric. Laila Biali is a musical treasure." - Rob Mathes, producer, arranger & composer (Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Yo Yo Ma)

"Laila Biali is one of the most naturally gifted musicians I've ever worked with." - Paula Cole, Grammy winning recording artist

For booking inquires please contact Catherine Mayer -