St. Catharines (Brock University) debut concert Saturday, March 22!
March 14, 2014

Next Saturday, March 22, we are coming to Brock University's Sean O'Sullivan Theatre with REQUESTOMATIC in full swing. You can join our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE and write your song requests on the wall, or you can email them to We look forward to seeing you! (I'm going to try and get down to see the fabled frozen falls - as in Niagara Falls - since they're just a hop, skip and a jump away...)

Announcing March U.S. Tour!
February 14, 2014

We are coming to six of our favorite U.S. cities this March, covering various corners (and some middle areas) of America the Beautiful. Vancouver treasure, Adam Thomas, will be joining me on bass and vocals, and fellow Canuck and Brooklynite, Fred Kennedy, will be on drums. We've lined up some very special local guests in each city, and here they are – along with venues and dates:

Saturday, March 1 I Kansas City, MO I The Blue Room
featuring Greg Carroll (vibes)

Sunday, March 2 I Los Angeles, CA I The Blue Whale
featuring Bob Reynolds (sax)

Tuesday, March 4 I Oakland, CA I Piedmont Piano Company
featuring Joe Cohen (sax)

Wednesday, March 5 I Denver, CO I Dazzle Jazz
special double bill with Peter John Stoltzman's Trio

Thursday, March 6 I Denver, CO I UC Denver
featuring John Gunther (sax)

Friday, March 7 (2 nights) I Washington, D.C. I Twins Jazz
featuring Tim Green (sax)

Saturday, March 8 (2 nights) I Washington, D.C. I Twins Jazz
featuring Tim Green (sax)

Sunday, March 9 (matinée) I New York City I SubCulture
featuring Zach Brock (violin)

Laila debuts at the Deer Head Inn Saturday with NYC band!
January 31, 2014

This Saturday night, Laila debuts at the famous Deer Head Inn, the longest continuously running jazz club in the country situated in historic Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. The Deer Head Inn also happens to be where Keith Jarrett (one of Laila's most beloved piano heros) recorded a live album back in 1992, so it is hallowed ground in the world of Jazz. Zach Brock, Downbeat magazine's "2013 Rising Star Violinist," Ike Sturm (bass) & Jared Schonig (drums) will join Laila for 3 sets of music in the Poconos.

Win a chance to perform with Laila in New York City!
July 05, 2013

Win a chance to perform live with award-winning jazz pianist, singer and songwriter Laila Biali at SubCulture in New York City on July 29th!

Here's how it works:

Upload a picture of yourself with the instrument you play (make it as fun or funny as you want!) to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by July 22nd.

In the text of the post write “I’m entering to win a chance to perform with @LailaBiali at @SubCulture on 7/29. Help me #performwithLaila by liking this photo!” (Please note, SubCulture must be tagged as @SubCulture_NYC on Twitter and Instagram.)

Share with your family and friends and ask them to like your photo. Easy! The three people with the highest "like" counts will go into a pool of applicants that Laila can choose from to perform with.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: *Make sure everyone can see your Facebook posts. If your privacy settings are for 'friends only' we won't be able to see your beautiful post. If you submitted an earlier picture that is private, be sure to let us know.*

You will have to email Laila a video of yourself performing by July 23rd to be considered.

Here we go!
3 Friday Night Shows this month & REQUESTOMATIC's NYC debut!
May 08, 2013

I'm thrilled to be presenting three bands this month as part of my residency at a fantastic venue that opened its doors just last week: the beautiful and intimate SubCulture in New York City's NoHo district. Each night will feature new musicians, different music, and two fan song requests as we debut REQUESTOMATIC state side.

Here are the line-ups:

Friday, May 10 - special guest JOHN ELLIS

Laila Biali - piano/vocals
John Ellis - saxophones
Linda Oh - bass
Jordan Perlson - drums


Friday, May 24 - special guest JO LAWRY

Laila Biali - piano/vocals
Jo Lawry - vocals
Matt Clohesy - bass
Rudy Royston - drums


Friday, May 31 - special guest ZACH BROCK

Laila Biali - piano/vocals
Zach Brock - violin
Chris Tarry - electric bass
Ben Wittman - drums


All shows start at 7:30 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 if you buy in advance, $18 at the door.
SubCulture is at 45 Bleecker Street, close to the 6 train (Bleecker St station), B/D/F/M trains (Broadway-LaFayette St station), and the N/R trains (Prince St station).

Here is the Facebook Event Page where you can join in and write your requests on the wall. I'm taking song requests and will arrange something/anything just for you! We've already had requests for Paula Cole, Randy Newman and Celine Dion and my creative juices are flowing as I try and re-imagine these songs in a way that is uniquely ours and consistent with our sound. You can also email your requests to Just let me know which show you'll be at.

We hope to see you there!

xo Laila
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