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Jul 22 | 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jazz Classics and Pop Hits Reimagined
Multi award winning Canadian vocalist and pianist Laila Biali returns to Crooners with her critically acclaimed new album, Your Requests – a project that features Kurt Elling and other Grammy-winning guest artists. Laila’s unique take on the classic standards brings freshness to the familiar.
Laila Biali vocals
Ashley Summers bass
Chris Baker drums
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. Her 2020 album release, Out of Dust, received rave reviews and was nominated for a 2021 Juno Award. Laila was also honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first Juno nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” for both Live in Concert (2013) and Out of Dust (2020). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to millions of listeners across Canada.