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Yaala Ballin, vocalist, was born in Israel and moved to New York in 2004. In addition to
frequent performances in the city's prestigious jazz venues including Smalls, Smoke and
Birdland, she has also toured in Europe and the former Soviet Union, and has been a
featured artist in international jazz festivals in Israel. Her album, Travlin' Alone was released in
2009 on Smalls Records. On The Road, her new CD, was released on July 2011 on Gallery Records. As a clinician, she has conducted masterclasses and workshops in
New York, Europe and Israel, and is an instructor in the continuing Bi-Communal "Jazz
Futures" Program in Cyprus, sponsored by The US Department of State.
“Ballin shapes her performances with a consistency rarely heard,
delivering radiant vocals...Ballin's sensational and spirited
vocals, along with the tight ensemble playing behind her, help to make
many of these antique songs sound shiny and new" (Dan Bilawsky, All About
"Ballin is a phenomenal talent" (Esther Callens, Birmingham Times)
"Ballin’s approach is improvisational; she’s a storyteller" (Marvin Leon
Lake, Virginian Pilot)