As an award winning jazz vocalist and founding member ofThe Manhattan Transfer, Erin Dickins has enjoyed a career singers dream about. After spending five years singing ensemble music with The Manhattan Transfer, she expanded her musical horizons, emerging as one of the top studio singers in New York City. Dickins performed, toured and recorded with many notable artists including Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler, James Taylor, The Talking Heads, James Brown, Jaco Pastorius and Ashford & Simpson, to name but a few. Dickins continues to perform and record, enchanting audiences throughout the world.
In spring 2014, Erin released a debut solo album on Dot Time Records entitled,Java Jive. Dickins returns to her roots with a remake of the original Ink Spots’ hit, which she first recorded on the Manhattan Transfer albumJukin’. As title track,Java Jivewill anchor the new release and will feature backing vocals by longtime friendsTim Hauser,Marty NelsonandGene Pistilli- the three male vocalists from the originalManhattan Transfer. Dickins’ album was thoughtfully crafted over a two-year period with renowned musicians.Java Jiveis produced by award-winning songwriter Jesse Frederick, and features pianist/arrangerRob Mounsey, trumpeterBarry Danielianand bassistDavid Finck.
“This is not just about making a CD as this project combines my love for jazz with my passion for cuisine.” In addition to the CD release, Ms. Dickins will release a new cookbook entitledSizzle & Swingfor the US market on fall 2014. The package will include the music CD, and contain Dickins’ favorite recipes - each inspired by a song, as well as fun stories about music and life.
Ms. Dickins was recently awarded the prestigious Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She is also the recipient of the “Best Jazz Vocalist” honor awarded by CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio in Los Angeles.
Ms. Dickins serves on the board of directors ofAmerican Jazz Venues, a New York based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to engendering a passion for jazz in younger audiences. In addition she serves on the board of the newly foundedBravissimo Foundation, whose mission is to assist the classical and jazz musician in becoming viable in their field though recordings and performances. Ms. Dickins continues to offer workshops for students atSummerFame,a program she founded in Easton, Maryland in 2000 to provide performing arts programs for children of all ages.
Ms. Dickins is available to present Master Classes and workshops. She is currently booking for 2015 worldwide.
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