Esplanade Theatre

$40 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


What an honor to welcome back to JazzFest two past favorites, together in one ensemble. Join 2016 JUNO-nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead for an afternoon of classic jazz standards featuring award winning vocalist Laila Biali. This rare performance brings together two generations of Canadian jazz masters. Joining Al and Laila are stand-out western Canadian bassist and producer Kodi Hutchinson and CBC Rising Star winning pianist Chris Andrew. For fans of standards jazz, this will be a unique opportunity to experience an intimate concert sure to produce some memorable musical moments.

A western Canadian jazz icon, who recently came to wider prominence in North America with the release of his debut album It's About Time at the age of 80, Al Muirhead is now making up for lost time with his third release in two years.

Garnering a 4 Star Review from Downbeat Magazine, Al's new album Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 harkens back to his youth featuring standards from the Great American Songbook. The album features five different small ensembles of both old friends and new performing with spontaneity and joy, and with a command of the music that only players of the calibre that Al has assembled can.

The album brings together a veritable who's who of the Canadian jazz scene including award-winning musicians Don Thompson (piano/bass) and Reg Schwager (guitar), Guido Basso (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Tommy Banks (piano), Laila Biali (vocals), Ben Wittman (percussion) and Kodi Hutchinson (double bass), Mike Murley (saxophone) and Chris Andrew (piano), and finally Campbell Ryga (saxophone) and Mike Rud (guitar).

In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms, an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer, Jo Lawry, Alan Hampton, and the Toronto Mass Choir. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada's National Jazz Awards.