Jazz at the MACC: Laila Biali

Jazz at the MACC: Laila Biali

Laila Biali is a multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host. She 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. In 2020, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (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 is just amazing. Brandon Robertson (the GCJC’s bass player) and I have each played with Laila Biali twice when she’s done performances here in Florida. Each time it’s an unparalelled musical experience. Her music is joyful, emotional, intense, moving, fun, and everything in between. It’ll make you get up and dance, and then make you cry – maybe in the same tune. She’s one of the warmest people I’ve ever played for, so I knew one day I had to get her to play with the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective! We’ll be joined by GCJC regular, James Suggs on trumpet.

This one’s going to be unforgettable for us all. See you there!

Gulf Coast Jazz Collective

Founded in 2021, the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective brings the best of live Jazz performance to Southwest Florida. Under the artistic direction of drummer, educator, composer & arranger Paul Gavin, the Jazz Collective invites the best artists from the country to collaborate in concerts that span the entire genre of Jazz.

Guest Artists

Laila Biali

Laila Biali

Paul Gavin

Paul Gavin

Brandon Robertson

Brandon Robertson

Zach Bartholomew

Zach Bartholomew

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