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 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 (4 stars)." 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. Pintchik's fourth CD In The Nature Of Things was released on the Pintch Hard Label on March 25, 2014. Steve Futterman, in The New Yorker magazine, called it "...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 March, 2016. 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 recent jazz CDs, including Duologue by saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash (on the MCG label), and Daybreak by pianist Bruce Barth (on the Savant label).
Pintchik's sixth CD You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! was released in February 2018. It reached number 4 in the country for radio spins on JazzWeek, and also remained in the top 10 for five weeks. NYC Jazz Record wrote "...exquisitely beautiful...elegant and heartfelt...Leslie Pintchik creates a rich palette of music that is discerning, unexpected and always inviting." Also in 2018, two tracks from Pintchik’s CDs were included in the soundtrack of the recently released Orson Welles movie The Other Side of the Wind.
Pintchik's seventh CD Same Day Delivery: Leslie Pintchik Trio Live was released in October 2019. NYC Jazz Record wrote "... a creative composer, inventive arranger and sublime improviser... this live CD represents some of her best work."