Layla Angulo

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Layla Angulo, born March 12, 1976 and known professionally by the mononym Layla, is an American saxophonist, composer, singer, band director, and recording artist specializing in Latin music.[1]

Layla was born to a Greek mother and an Irish-American father.[2] Her grandfather's upright bass playing inspired her to learn the saxophone at an early age.[3][4]

Layla's first released album, Live at The Triple Door, was recorded at the noted Seattle theater and released in 2005.[5] The album's first single Que Te Vaya Bien was Top 10 for three months on OurStage[6] and reached semi-finalist position in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). "La Rumbera"—also from Live at the Triple Door—received ISC Honorable Mention in 2006.[7] The album received warm reviews from Seattle Times[8] and Chip Boaz's Latin Jazz Corner.[9]

Mientras was Layla's second album, recorded in New York with Arturo O’Farrill, Oscar Estagnaro, Tony Escapa, and Dario Escanazi. Released in 2008, Mientras was Editors Pick at[10] and was lauded by critics such as Michael G. Nastos at AllMusic.[11]

Layla moved to New York City in 2009, subsequently spending a year on tour with reggaeton artist Don Omar.[12] Her third album TriAngulo yielded a single, "No Se Como Olvidarte" that rose to #16 on the Billboard Tropical Charts.[13] "Estrella," another song from the same album, reached semi-finalist position in the 2014 ISC.[14] A third song from TriAngulo ("La Pelicula") reached #1 in the National Latin Record Pool.[15]

On March 24, 2015 the International Songwriting Competition announced its 2014 Finalists, including Layla's song Dame Todo.[16]


  1. ^ "About Layla Angulo". MTV. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Layla Angulo: ¨Creo que ofrezco un sabor diferente, especialmente como mujer¨". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Saxophonist Layla Angulo Opens Hartford Jazz Festival". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "A new voice for the salsa with US Layla Angulo". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  5. ^ "CD Review of Layla Angulo - Live at the Triple Door on Independent @". Archived from the original on 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  6. ^ "About Layla Angulo". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  7. ^ ISC 2006 Winners
  8. ^ "A sampling of world beats". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Focusing The Spotlight: A Little More About Layla Angulo". Chip Boaz. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  10. ^ "LAYLA ANGULO Mientras..." Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  11. ^ "AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  12. ^ "LAYLA ANGULO EN EL #1 DEL NATIONAL LATIN RECORD POOL". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  13. ^ Billboard Tropical Chart
  14. ^ ISC 2014 semi-finalists
  15. ^ "Alex Diaz & Layla Angulo at Salsa Groove Fridays at SOB's". LatinTRENDS. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  16. ^ "LATIN". Retrieved 29 August 2015.

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