As an award winning jazz vocalist and founding member of The 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 2014, Erin will release 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’. As title track, Java Jive will anchor the new release and will feature backing vocals by longtime friends Tim Hauser, Marty Nelson and Gene Pistilli - the three male vocalists from the original Manhattan Transfer.
Dickins’ album was thoughtfully crafted over a two-year period with renowned musicians. Java Jive is produced by award-winning songwriter Jesse Frederick, and features pianist/arranger Rob Mounsey, trumpeter Barry Danielian and bassist David Finck.
“This is not just about making a CD as this project combines my love for jazz with my passion for cuisine,” said Dickins. In addition to the CD release, Ms. Dickins has authored a new cookbook entitled Sizzle & Swing – Jazzin’ Up Food. 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. Dickins also plans to debut a new line of herbal seasonings to complement her cookbook. Visit www.sizzleandSwing.com to learn more about her foodie credentials.