Sylvia Levine Leitch

Sylvia’s Contributions

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06/21/12    In Service of Jazz

Dorthaan Kirk: A Life in Jazz

Interview with WBGO's jazz ambassador

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12/17/11    In Service of Jazz

Oliva Le’auanae: Spirit & Rhythm

Sylvia Levine Leitch interviews former bartender and doorman about his life in jazz

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11/08/11    In Service of Jazz

Cobi Narita: A Special Place for Jazz

Tireless champion of jazz and jazz artists in New York City reflects on her life devoted to promoting the music

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08/09/11    In Service of Jazz

Richie OKon: Respect for the Jazz Club

Sylvia Levine Leitch talks with former floor manager of Blue Note and other NYC jazz nightclubs

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06/20/11    In Service of Jazz

Sheila Anderson: Queen of Hang, Jazz Radio Host & More

Sylvia Levine Leitch interviews multi-faceted WBGO radio host about her life in jazz

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04/28/11    In Service of Jazz

Charles “Charlie” Turyn: Learning on the Job

Sylvia Levine interviews longtime waiter and bartender who worked at legendary jazz clubs in New York City

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04/22/11    In Service of Jazz

Joel Chriss: Truth in the Music

Jazz booking agent tells his story of starting out as a doorman at the Bottom Line and Sweet Basil, sidetracking into journalism and ticket scalping, and culminating in running J. Chriss & Co.

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03/04/11    In Service of Jazz

Bill Cherry: Jazz Bartender

In latest installment of her series about people who've worked behind the scenes at NYC jazz clubs, Sylvia Levine Leitch interviews longtime bartender about his life in jazz

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02/22/11    In Service of Jazz

Todd Barkan: Taking Care of the Music

Sylvia Levine Leitch interviews longtime jazz producer and presenter Todd Barkan about his life in service of jazz

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12/21/10    In Service of Jazz

Bob Shields: Bartender & Manager

In fourth edition of her series on people working behind the scenes at New York City jazz clubs, Sylvia Levine talks with Bob Shields, former bartender and manager at various NYC clubs

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12/01/10    In Service of Jazz

Steve Epstein: Doorman

In third edition of her series on people working behind the scenes at New York City jazz clubs, Sylvia Levine talks with Steve Epstein, former doorman and floor manager at various NYC clubs

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11/17/10    In Service of Jazz

Cho Suthammanont: Bartender

In second edition of her series on people working behind the scenes at New York City jazz clubs, Sylvia Levine talks with Cho Suthammanont, a former bartender at Sweet Basil and Sweet Rhythm in NYC

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11/10/10    In Service of Jazz

Allyson Paul: Waitress

In first edition of her series on people working behind the scenes at New York City jazz clubs, Sylvia Levine talks with Allyson Paul, a waitress at Bradley's, Sweet Basil, Vanguard and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

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11/09/10    In Service of Jazz

In Service of Jazz: An Introduction

Sylvia Levine Leitch introduces her new column, in which she talks with people behind the scenes at jazz clubs in New York City

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About Sylvia Levine Leitch

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Sylvia Levine-Leitch is a freelance writer who also manages the editorial department of DDB, a New York marketing communications agency. Before moving to the editorial side of advertising, Sylvia was the managing editor of Laundry News, the New York-based trade paper of the institutional laundry industry. Several hundred of her articles have appeared in the Toronto Star and other Canadian publications, and her press releases have been picked up verbatim by myriad jazz rags and concert promoters. She is married to and manages the career of Peter Leitch, the jazz guitarist, and has sat on many a barstool in many a jazz club far into the night.

Sylvia Levine Leitch joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 13, 2009