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Sylvia Brooks (born May 18 in Miami Beach, Florida) is an American jazz singer. Her debut album, Dangerous Liaisons featured songs from the Great American Songbook and was in rotation on over 500 radio stations throughout the United States and Canada.
Her father, Don Ippolito, was a jazz pianist and arranger who wrote for big bands in the U.S. Army during World War II. Her mother, Johanna Dordick, was an opera singer who founded the Los Angeles Opera Theatre in Los Angeles. A classically trained actress, Brooks studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Brooks has collaborated with Thomas Garvin, Kim Bullard, Kim Richmond, Jeff Colella, Rich Eames, Otmaro Ruiz, Christian Jacob, Quinn Johnson, and Patrick Williams. She played Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas, and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington and has acted on television in Designing Women, Dallas, Mama & Son, Baywatch, Beverly Hills 90210, and was featured on the Guns N' Roses video "Patience".
Her second album, Restless, released in May 2012, is a collaboration with Kim Richmond and Rich Eames exploring the darker side of jazz she calls "jazz noir". Restless has been named on numerous Top Ten Lists and was featured on Gone Fishin, in Kobe, Japan, as well as on KPOO, the first black-owned station on the West Coast.
- Dangerous Liaisons (2009)
- Restless (2012)
- The Arrangement (2017)