Erin Dickins (not just a) JAZZ Vocalist
As an award winning jazz vocalist and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Erin Dickins has enjoyed a remarkable career on stage and in the recording studio. After spending five years singing ensemble music with The Manhattan Transfer, she continued to expand her musical horizons, emerging as one of the top studio singers in New York. Dickins performed, toured and recorded with many notable artists including Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler, James Taylor, The Talking Heads, James Brown, Barry Manilow, Jaco Pastorius and Ashford & Simpson, to name but a few. Dickins continues to perform and record, enchanting audiences throughout the world.
"Vignettes," Dickins latest CD is slated for release in the US in early November. It received a four star review from the Guardian: "10 stunning duets....with a mixture of technical brilliance and stylistic instinct." Her first self-produced album, "Vignettes" features world-class musicians in one-on-one collaborations. Among the collaborators are David Friedman, Elliott Randall, A.J. Croce, John Lissauer and Rob Mounsey. Vignettes is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
In 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 album Jukin’. “ I’ve always wanted to revisit this song,” says Dickins, “It's like an old friend to me.” As title track, Java Jive will anchor the new release and will feature vocal performances by Manhattan Transfer co-founders and longtime friends, Tim Hauser, Marty Nelson and Gene Pistilli.
Java Jive is included in Dickins' new cookbook, "Sizzle & Swing: Jazzin' Up Food" which features recipes and stories inspired by her recordings. In summer of 2014, she launched a line of herbal seasonings under the same moniker.
Ms. Dickins was awarded the prestigious Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2012. “Artists of this high caliber are the core of Maryland's modern creative economy,” said Hannah Byron, of MD Department of Tourism, Film & the Arts; “their work is essential to the arts...” She was the recipient of the “Best Jazz Vocalist” honor, awarded in 2012 by CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio in Los Angeles.
Ms. Dickins serves on the board of directors of American Jazz Venues, a New York based 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to promoting jazz to younger audiences., as well as the newly-founded Bravissimo Foundation. She continues to offer workshops to students at SummerFame, a program she founded in 2000 to provide performing arts programs for children of all ages.
Erin Dickins is currently booking for 2014 and 2015 in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Complete press kit and booking information is available upon request.
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