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Woodrow Wilkins- The Jazzwriter

Aug, 23, 2017
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With music, sometimes it’s the songwriting that makes a difference. Other times, the voices and instruments and how they execute are key. But then there’s that time when a reworking of what’s written is the focal point. That’s where vocalist Sylvia Brooks comes in, hiring several Los Angeles-based arrangers for her third album, The Arrangement Read More

LA Jazz Scene- Chris J. Walker -Live Performance review at Catalina Bar & Grill

Aug, 7, 2017
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Sylvia Brooks showcased songs from her third record, The Arrangement, at Catalina Bar and Grill, with a solid group of players. Some featured tunes were: “Night and Day”, a cool and deadly ballad, and “Guess Who I Saw Today”. Jacob took the helm for “Midnight Sun” with Brooks singing passionately, with saxophone embellishing. Joining the Read More

LA Jazz Scene- The Buzz

Aug, 7, 2017
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Vocalist Sylvia Brooks has been well versed in music for most of her life. Her father was Don Ippolito, who worked with some of the best in the business. A pianist/arranger he was working with such luminaries as Stan Getz, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich. Brooks’ mom was a trained opera Read More

C. Michael Bailey – All About Jazz

Jun, 7, 2017
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Vocalist Sylvia Brooks likes to provide her music a noir patina, that smoky and dark evening tone preferred by the likes of the fictional hard men: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jeff Markham. On her third recording, The Arrangement, this patina is given a high buff shine into something more contemporary, without losing any of Read More

Sylvia Brooks/The Arrangement – LA Jazz Scene

Jun, 5, 2017
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Sylvia Brooks, who has been singing and acting in Southern California during the past decade. Her voice is attractive and alluring, her phrasing is swinging, and she always sings in-tune. Ms. Brooks has had some success with her first two CDs, Dangerous Liaisons and Restless, which often found her singing in dramatic fashion while looking Read More

SYLVIA BROOKS/The Arrangement- Midwest Record Review

May, 23, 2017
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The queen of jazz noir changes her look and sound a bit but the cover shot still smacks of a femme fatale slinking down a hotel hallway. Corralling the crème of LA’s jazzbo community to assist at all levels of the game, she writes a little more, digs some different sounds, but never loses sight Read More

Chris Spector – Midwest Record Review

May, 22, 2017
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SYLVIA BROOKS/Restless: Utterly smoking jazz noir, Brooks takes smoky after hours jazz into realms only hinted at in movies like “Body Heat”. I don’t know where she’s pulling this from but Brooks is one dame that understands what it is to be a femme fatale. Hitting under used classics and mixing them in with some Read More

SYLVIA BROOKS/The Arrangement- JERSEY JAZZ

May, 22, 2017
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The arrangers on the new CD by vocalist SYLVIA BROOKS, The Arrangement  had a dream assignment. Brooks selected 14 songs for the disc, and she asked each of the five gents doing the charts, Otmaro Ruiz, Quinn Johnson, Jeff Colella, Kim Richmond and Christian Jacob to write the arrangements using both brass and reeds. They Read More

Hanighan/Cootie Williams ~

Apr, 30, 2017
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KRFC FT COLLINS ~ 88.9FM The Most Alarmin’ Version Of “‘Round Midnight” That I’ve Ever Heard ~ Jazz Anthem Of Thelonious Monk/Bernie Hanighan/Cootie Williams ~

Bob Collins/Jazz Producer/WRHU

Apr, 28, 2017
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Just received Restless from Lisa. ..first rate! Bob Collins/Jazz Producer/WRHU