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All That Canadian Jazz Comes To Kansas City


Not that long ago, Laila Biali was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of American jazz. She was on the verge of giving up when she got an invitation to audition for Sting. She made the cut, and wound up at Sting’s estate in Tuscany for rehearsal.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Biali about her music as she prepares to open the American Jazz Museum’s Women in Jazz Month. 


  • Laila Biali, Juno-nominated jazz musician

HEAR MORE: The Laila Biali Trio performs with Greg Carroll at 8:30 p.m., March 1 at The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, 1600 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo.  Tickets are $15; click here or call (816) 474-6262 for more information. 

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.