1991-1998 Jazz DJ
In 1991, Leila began pursuing another passion, music, in 1991 by producing and hosting a weekly radio jazz broadcast on WICN 90.5 FM in Worcester, Massachusetts, including interviews with more than 50 international jazz artists including Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, David Sanborn, Dave Brubeck, Milt Jackson, Al Jarreau, John Pizzarelli, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Stephane Grapelli and Benny Green.
She has also written occasional player profiles for Downbeat, concert reviews for Reuters News Service at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and has served on the jazz staff of WGBH 89.7 FM in Boston. Here is an overview of her jazz related work:
- 1998-1999 – WGBH 89.7 FM
- DJ “Jazz Gallery” and “Eric In The Evening” programs
- Served as substitute host and producer.
- 1991-1998 – WICN 90.5 FM
- DJ and Host of “Something Cool, ” “The Jazz Matinee,” and “A Tasteful Blend” Jazz Programs
- Produced, engineered and hosted two weekly shows (more than 1000 hours on air) featuring vintage and contemporary jazz, interviewed more than 50 musicians and performers, including Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, John Pizzarelli, Toots Thielemans, Stephane Grapelli, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, Curtis Stigers, Milt Jackson, Benny Green, Jane Monheit, Kenny Rankin, Gary Burton, Joshua Redman, the New York Voices, Diane Schuur, George Shearing.
- 1996-2003 – Reuters
Reporter For Montreal Jazz Festival Wrote more than 50 articles and concert reviews including Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Barron, Charlie Watts, Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Buble, Branford Marsalis, etc.