Born into a long line of artists and musicians, Layla Angulo started playing the piano at age 6, the sax at age 10 and performing Jazz Clubs during High School. After graduation, she played in various groups ��" Funk, Jazz, Pop, and Salsa. She performed as the horn section leader of various Salsa Bands around the Northwest and developed the idea to write her own music soon after. In her early 20’s, Layla lived in Santiago de Compostela, Spain - where she began building her Latin Jazz career and performed her new music with Spanish and Cuban musicians . Upon her return to the US, ‘Live at the Triple Door’ CD was recorded. It was a live show with Layla directing her 13 piece orchestra and performing almost all original music. This CD was a huge jump in her career, with one of the songs “Que Te Vaya Bien (sin mi)” becoming a hit in South America as well as earning 2 Honorable Mentions awards in the International Songwriting Competition. The song, “La Rumbera” also received semi finalist in the ISC. Along with furthering Layla’s music career, this CD catapulted Costa Rican singer, Carlos Cascante and he became the singer for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Layla’s next CD, Mientras…, was the first studio recording. For the first time, she wrote for her voice and had a line up of all-star musicians playing behind her including Oscar Stagnaro, Arturo O’Farrill, and Orlando “Maraca” Valle. Since the release of Mientras…, Layla has had innumerable write-ups, interviews, radio plays, and is one of the only female saxophone players/Singers/Band Directors in the world of Latin music today. Layla spent a year on tour with Reggaeton Superstar, Don Omar, has toured with Tito Puente Jr., the Sugarhorns (Beyonce’s horn players) and played with many other grammy award winning artists. Currently, she is working on her 2nd studio CD of Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. It will be released June 15th, 2012.
As one of a handful of women instrumentalists performing in the genre, Layla may very well be the only female saxophonist and composer of authentic Latin music and Afro-Peruvian Jazz.
Keilwerth 'Shadow' Alto Sax
Sorare Winds Alto Flute