The Jazz Session #622: Laila Biali

Laila Biali’s latest album is called Your Requests. In this interview, she talks about the fan-generated song list; balancing her dual roles as vocalist and pianist; her adventurous collaboration with Kurt Elling; and a lot more.

Laila was also on The Jazz Session in 2021 and 2022.


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Logo: Sarah Walter
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Author: Jason Crane