Erin Dickins CD Nice Girls and Baltimore MD Interview
Music on the Album: Nice Girls
Erin Dickins talks about Baltimore MD
to this internet radio show with Cruise with Bruce Host Bruce Oliver and Erin
Dickins as we talk about her career with the Manhattan Transfer, her new album
Nice Girls and her performances in Baltimore Maryland. Listen to tips from Erin
on her favorite Italian restaurant in Baltimore as well as where to go and what
to see. We talk about all of the sites from the Inner Harbor to the stadium
where the Baltimore Orioles play baseball. For more tips about traveling
to the Baltimore and Washington DC area,
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About Erin Dickins
A founding member of MANHATTAN TRANSFER, the original jazz vocal group, Ms.
Dickins continues to enchant audiences throughout the world. She has performed
and recorded with Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler, James Taylor, The Talking Heads,
James Brown, Barry Manilow, Jaco Pastorius and Ashford & Simpson, to name but a
NICE GIRLS is Erin Dickins' debut solo album, recently released on Champagne
Records. Anchored by the single and video Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast -a
remake of 1950's starlet Julie London's hit - Dickins' album was carefully
crafted over a two-year period by a group of renowned musicians including
composer Jesse Frederick (music for Flamingo Kid, Full House, Perfect Strangers,
Step By Step, Family Matters), pianist/arranger Rob Mounsey (Kurt Elling, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Deborah Cox) and bassist David
Finck (Harry Connick Jr., Steve Kuhn, Liza Minelli, Rod Stewart, Sir Andre
This collection of beautifully recorded and performed gems - from cool sultry
ballads to swinging arrangements, is a perfect musical reflection to Dickins'
Dickins comes from an artistic family. Her mother, who traded photo-portraits
to a local opera singer in return for singing lessons for nine-year-old Erin,
was formerly a dancer with the Rockettes in New York. Erin's father was a
passionate amateur jazz pianist who taught Erin to sing and play, sharing with
her his deep love of music.
Dickins considers it her honor and responsibility to spread the joy that she
experiences every time she performs. Music is an instrument of transformation,
and Dickins is transformed when singing. She believes that as a musician she has
been given a unique gift. "When I perform I give 200 percent. If I can be an
instrument for joy, just for one instant, then I have done what is asked of me.
That's how you heal the planet, right?
One song, one person, one joyful encounter at a time - it's nice work if you
can get it."
Seeing Dickins perform with her live band is an experience you do not want to
miss. Riding off of the success of her recent launch at Avalon Theatre in
Easton, MD, Dickins will be performing several spot dates throughout the U.S. in
2011 and is booking international dates in China and Europe for 2012.
She is currently in the early stages of writing and pre-production for the
follow-up to Nice Girls with Frederick.
In the meantime, she continues to devote her time working with children at
SummerFame, a performing arts summer program she founded in 2000, along with her
other charitable efforts.
"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
Tim Hauser - co-founder of Manhattan Transfer
"... 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
"... The [CD] production by Jesse Frederick is masterful: clean, dynamic and
refreshing. He simply surrounds that great voice with texture, knowing when to
allow the musicians to dance with it, and when to stay out of the way. And
Erin floats through it all like a cool breeze on a summer day. Clearly there
is a smile in her voice and her vocal performance is technically superb while
remaining effortless and laid back. She has grown immensely as an artist, all
the while honoring her roots and enjoying the fun I first heard in her so long
Mike Jahn - award winning novelist and author of Jim
Morrison and the Doors: An Unauthorized Book. Jahn served as rock reviewer for
the New York Times 1968-1973
"Break out the martinis and the silver cocktail shaker for song stylist
Erin Dickins who thrilled the packed house at the art deco Avalon Theatre in
Easton with songs from her newest CD, ‘Nice Girls.' Dickins sophisticated
scat, swing and ballads remind the listener that she was one of the founding
members of Manhattan Transfer. With a nine-piece backup band that has more
industry awards than an evening's worth of Grammy's, Dickins tore the place
up, tossing her signature pearls to the crowd. She has performed with the
likes of Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, James
Brown, Randy Neuman, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Barry Manilow, Dr. John,
Paul Butterfield and Levon Helm."
Jordan Wright, Reviewer for The Washington Examiner
The Washingtonian Magazine, USA
"Erin, you swing your "S" off and your intonation is impeccable."
Francois Moutin – Jazz Bassist, Moutin Reunion,
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