Friday, Aug 17, 6:30,
St. Paul's Anglican Church
Keyboardist-singer-songwriter Laila Biali has a reputation for challenging the boundaries of music, taking the best of pop, rock, classical and soul, informing it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaving it all into her musical arrangements. Biali was a 2011 Juno nominee (Best Vocal Jazz Album) and SOCAN “Composer of the Year”, as well as “Keyboardist of the Year” at the National Jazz Awards. Her resume also includes such highlights as touring with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recording with and supporting Sting on his If On a Winter's Night DVD and tour. Laila's music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru and the Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan - evidence that her compositions, playing, and singing are garnering world-wide recognition.
For her performance in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Laila Biali will be joined by two of the finest sidemen in Canadian music, Jim Doxas (drums) and Tom Easley (bass). Jim Doxas will be familiar to many for his ongoing role as a member of the Oliver Jones Trio (Sunday night , Confederation Centre). Bassist, composer and educator Tom Easley has earned a reputation as one of Eastern Canada's finest jazz bassists through his work with ECMA-winning group Hot Toddy and jazz trio ERA.