Pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik will be celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her jazz trio on Wednesday, September 24th at The Kitano, 66 Park Avenue (at 38th St.), New York City. Joining Pintchik are band-mates Scott Hardy on bass and Mark Dodge on drums. The trio will be performing music from Pintchik's highly regarded CD Quartets, along with some newer, as yet, unrecorded material. Sets are at 8 and 10:00 p.m., no cover charge, $15 minimum.
Born in Brooklyn and now living in Manhattan, Leslie Pintchik got a late start in music. Prior to becoming a professional musician, she taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth-century English literature. After some years of study, jam sessions and local restaurant gigs, the pianist surfaced on the Manhattan scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley's. Red chose Pintchik, along with guitarist Scott Hardy, for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in their music, after hearing a tape of them playing together as a duo.
In the ensuing years, Pintchik formed her own trio with Hardy, now playing bass instead of guitar, and a series of drummers, including her current longtime band-mates Satoshi Takeishi and Mark Dodge. Her trio performs primarily in Manhattan at jazz venues that include Sweet Rhythm, Knickerbocker, the Blue Note, 55 Bar, the Kitano, Sofia's, the Bottom Line and the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Pintchik's debut CD So Glad To Be Here was released in June 2004, also on the Ambient label.
Her bassist Scott Hardy hails from Houston, where he worked with "Texas Tenor" Arnett Cobb. Since moving to Manhattan, he has performed and recorded with Jack McDuff, Tal Farlow, Chris Connor, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid and Bobby Watson, among others. In a "Jazz Times" magazine review, Steve Futterman described Hardy as an "An exceptional bassist deserving wider prominence."
Active on the New York jazz scene since 1997, her drummer Mark Dodge has performed in many of the major jazz venues in Manhattan, and has recorded with, among others, Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms. In November 2002, Dodge won the East Coast Regional Championship of the Guitar Center Drum Off at B.B. King's Blues Club.
Pintchik's latest CD Quartets, released in October 2007 on the Ambient label, features two different quartets. Both ensembles include the members of Pintchik's working trio: Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass and Mark Dodge on drums. In the first quartet, the trio is joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi who gives the music, in Pinchik's opinion, "an orchestral quality and deepened it with the balanced asymmetry of his colors and rhythm."
In the second quartet, the trio is joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson. Here, the group has the strengths of a more traditional jazz quartet, and showcases the group's beautifully buoyant swing, Latin grooves and ballad playing. Regarding her band-mate Steve Wilson, Pintchik comments, "Steve is a composer's dream: he plays with passion, integrity, great beauty and also restraint, when the music calls for it."
By choosing to split the material between two divergent quartets, she is able to showcase several distinctive facets of her musical voice, as well as the clairvoyant quality displayed in the emotional palette of her original compositions. The solos show strong grooves as well as a powerful lyricism. As a bandleader, Pintchik's shows a seamless integration of two different quartets into one CD-length performance.