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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 to learn more about her foodie credentials.

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What they’re saying about Erin.....

“I have known Erin since 1969, and I've always thought she was a great singer… because she sings from her heart, and those kind of singers are my favorites.”

Tim Hauser - co-founder of Manhattan Transfer, USA

“ …Dickins is astute on the one hand, yet sensitive and sensual on the other. Producing lyrical and enthralling renditions of famous jazz tunes such as Billie Holiday’s I Must Have That Man, or Julie London’s Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast, a delight for the listening ear. Her live take of Frank Loesser’s Adeleide’s Lament is hilarious. Manhattan Transfer’s Gene Pistilli and producer Jesse Frederick - Dickins’ go-to composers - have created original tunes that allow her to redefine the boundaries of vocal jazz…”

Katherine Bernard, NPR, USA Co-Host “2 Boomer Babes Radio Hour

“ …The [CD] production by Jesse Frederick is masterful: clean, dynamic and refreshing

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

Have spent many years as director of a childrens' summer program in the performing arts SummerFame teaches children grades 3-12 singing, dancing, acting and related theatre crafts.. My clinics are for children ages 12-16 or for Jazz Vocal students at the college level. I teach finding your joy in music - how to sing like a musician, learning to let go and the basics of the Alexander Technique.



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