Before embarking on a career in jazz, Leslie Pintchik was a teaching assistant in English literature at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth-century English literature. She 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 which performs regularly at New York City and East Coast jazz venues that include Jazz At Kitano, Bar Next Door, the Blue Note, Cornelia Street Cafe, 55 Bar, Smalls, Knickerbocker Bar and Grill, Alvin and Friends Restaurant, Scullers Jazz Club and the Side Door, among others.
Pintchik's debut CD, So Glad To Be Here, was released in 2004, followed by Quartets in 2007. In his DownBeat review, Ken Micallef wrote "Pintchik's music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating (4 stars)." In 2010, she released her third CD We're Here To Listen, as well as a DVD Leslie Pintchik Quartet Live In Concert. 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. In 2014, Steve Futterman, in The New Yorker, called her next CD (In The Nature Of Things) "one of the more captivating recordings to come out so far this year."
Pintchik's fifth CD True North — with a stellar band that features Steve Wilson (sax), Ron Horton (trumpet), Scott Hardy (bass), Michael Sarin (drums) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) — was released in 2016. Dan Bilawsky, in All About Jazz, wrote "Getting lost in this music is simply a joy. If 2016 has a more pleasurable listen to offer than True North, this writer hasn't heard it yet. (4 1/2 stars)" *
In addition to composing the music for her band, Leslie has also written the liner notes for some notable jazz CDs, including Duologue by saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash, and Daybreak by pianist Bruce Barth.
You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! (2018) reached number 4 in the country for radio spins on JazzWeek, and also remained in the top 10 for five weeks. That same year, two tracks from Pintchik’s CDs were included in the soundtrack of Orson Welles' final movie, The Other Side of the Wind.
In his review of Pintchik's latest CD, Same Day Delivery: Leslie Pintchik Trio Live (2019), Ken Dryden, in NYC Jazz Record, wrote "... a creative composer, inventive arranger and sublime improviser... this live CD represents some of her best work."