Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering not only national attention but world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues spanning five continents, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyos Cotton Club, Perus El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has toured with Grammy award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.
Laila takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her Jazz expertise, and weaves it all into her musical arrangements. Her latest studio recording, Tracing Light, received a Juno nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release, Live in Concert, recorded live 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 and received an enthusiastic four-star review from DownBeat Magazine, praising Laila for her "daring arrangements and passionate vocals."
Critics have called Laila a "keyboard virtuoso" (Toronto Star) with "a voice that makes the listener shudder it is so rounded and pure" (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 Canadas National Jazz Awards.
As an educator, Laila has been on faculty at Stanford Universitys 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 awardwinner Esperanza Spalding. She currently divides her time between Toronto and New York City.