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Laila Biali

1980 -

Origin: British Columbia, Canada

Main instrument: Vocal

Genre: Jazz

Originally from Vancouver, Laila Biali began studying piano at age four, after her mother noticed she could play the theme to Sesame Street, without any training. She aspired to be a concert pianist until, at 17, after moving to Toronto, she heard jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and, later, pianist Keith Jarrett. After studies at Humber College, she began playing clubs and festivals. She won the 2003 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award and was named SOCAN Composer and Keyboardist of the Year at the 2005 National Jazz Awards. After touring with Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and moving to New York, she auditioned for Sting, which resulted in a record and tour with him in 2009. Her album Tracing Light was a Juno nominee for the 2011 Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Live in Concert came out in 2012.

2005 Flight of Whimsy Friday, July 1, 2005 at 6 p.m.
General Motors Stage
2008 Laila Biali Trio Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Scène Rio Tinto Alcan
Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 10 p.m.
Scène Rio Tinto Alcan
2011 Laila Biali Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Scène TD de la place des Festivals
2014 Laila Biali Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Scène TD
2016 Laila Biali Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Club Jazz Casino de Montréal à la place SNC-Lavalin

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