Before embarking on her musical career, Manhattan-based jazz pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth-century English literature. Pintchik first surfaced on the Manhattan scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley's, and in the ensuing years, Pintchik formed her own trio with bassist Scott Hardy, and a series of drummers, including her current band-mates Michael Sarin and Satoshi Takeishi. Her trio performs regularly at New York City jazz venues such as the Kitano, Smalls Jazz Club, Bar Next Door, the Blue Note, Knickerbocker, and 55 Bar. Pintchik’s debut CD So Glad To Be Here was released in June
2004, followed by Quartets in 2007, both on the Ambient record label. About So Glad To Be Here, Ken Micallef wrote in DownBeat “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating.” In the fall of 2010, she released her third CD We’re Here To Listen, as well as a DVD Leslie Pintchik Quartet Live In Concert, both on the Pintch Hard record label. Jim Wilke, creator of the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" radio show included We're Here To Listen on his "Best CDs of 2010" list, and the jazz journalist and scholar W. Royal Stokes included both projects in his "Best of 2010" list. Pintchik’s fourth CD In The Nature Of Things will be released on the Pintch Hard Label on March 25, 2014.