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Sylvia Brooks is an American jazz singer.

Sylvia Brooks
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Background information
BornMiami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Years active2009–present

Brooks was born as Sylvia Victoria Ippolito in Miami Beach, Florida.[1] Her father, Don Ippolito, was a jazz pianist who has played with various other icons such as Ira Sullivan, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee, and Dizzie Gillespie,[2][3] and her mother, Johanna Dordick, was an opera singer who founded the Los Angeles Opera Theatre.[4]

Brooks began her professional life as an actress, studying classical theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre under the direction of Allen Fletcher and Bill Ball.[5] In 2009, she began singing jazz and collaborated with Thomas Garvin, who wrote the arrangements for her debut album Dangerous Liaisons.[6]

In 2012, Brooks released her second album, Restless,[7] which introduced what she called "jazz noir".[8] In 2017, Brooks released her third album, The Arrangement. She collaborated with Kim Richmond, Jeff Colella, Christian Jacob, Quinn Johnson, and Otmaro Ruiz.[8]


  1. ^ "Meet Sylvia Brooks of SBM Music". Voyage LA Magazine. August 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Haarer, Brad (October 16, 2017). "Sylvia Brooks Charts Her Way With 'The Arrangement'". JAZZIZ Magazine.
  3. ^ "Allerton and Brooks to Perform at Sterling's Upstairs". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Shulgold, Mac (April 13, 1985). "Dordick Resigns Post At L.A. Opera Theatre". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Green, David (October 20, 2017). "Sylvia Brooks Unplugged Kicks Off Cabaret Season At The Arthur Newman Theatre". Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Loudon, Christopher (August 2, 2010). "Sylvia Brooks: Dangerous Liaisons". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Meet Sylvia Brooks of SBM Music". Voyage LA Magazine. August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Sylvia Brooks, Jazz Vocalist, Performs in Concert to Celebrate Release of 'The Arrangement'". May 19, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2019.

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