The Manhattan Transfer original members reunite to join me on a CD project that combines my Love for Jazz with my Passion for Food.
My husband and I fell in love in candlelight over a Creme Brûlée - I want you to fall in love with my project! BACK ME today - and I'll give you the recipe!
My name is Erin Dickins. I am a MANHATTAN TRANSFER Jazz vocalist and a passionate lover of good food. I created this Kickstarter campaign to ask you to join me and be part of my new project “Java Jive." This is not just about making a CD, this project combines my love for Jazz with my passion for food. The CD will feature custom a 32 page color booklet containing some of my favorite recipes - each inspired by the individual tracks on the CD. (And several stories from the road - hmmm....dare I?)
The tracks have been recorded and the recipes ready (YUM), however I need your help to finish the job.
SO, WHO AM I AND WHAT HAVE I DONE?
I am a jazz vocalist from New York City. Back in the early 70's, some of my good friends and I formed a vocal group called “The Manhattan Transfer." After almost five years, I decided to leave the group to further my career as a session vocalist. During my time in the New York session scene I had the blessing to perform both live and in the studio with some great musicians including Leonard Cohen, Bette Midler, James Taylor, The Talking Heads, James Brown, Barry Manilow, Jaco Pastorius and Ashford & Simpson, to name but a few.
While this was an amazing experience in itself, I have always had a passion for cooking. In fact all the original members of Manhattan Transfer were into food! We used to get together to rehearse and once done we would all move to the kitchen and keep on cooking. My passion for food goes much further than just the homespun stuff. Back in 1978, I started a restaurant in Manhattan called “Possible 20” with a bunch of my session buddies. The food was great and Possible 20 quickly became the hang-out for the entire NY session scene. I stayed involved for about 8 years, and it continued on for for many more. Don't worry I will explain what's behind the name later on Kickstarter.
Well, I guess that’s it in a nutshell. There is so much more to tell but I don't want to bore you with the past. Let's get on with the future.
OK, WHAT'S MY PROJECT ABOUT?
For many years I have dreamed of combining my passion for food and jazz and I believe with this project I have found a formula that works. Food and music go together, and that’s a fact. For this project I have taken a number of my favorite songs and used them as inspiration to develop a number of recipes that I think fit the music like a glove. Each track on the CD has its own recipe.
When I was developing this project I asked Tim Hauser (co-founder of the Manhattan Transfer) if he would like to do a duet with me on one of our favorite songs from the old days, “Java Jive." Tim's enthusiastic "yes" led to a snowball effect. Now all the original Manhattan Transfer members (except for Pat Rosalia who unfortunately passed away some years ago) wanted to sing with me on the track. I will dedicate this project to Pat. We all miss her dearly – and it was she who brought Java Jive to the Manhattan Transfer in the first place.
Wow what a buzz! Back together again for a one-off studio date after 40 years. You have no idea what this meant to me, but I am sure when you hear it you will also feel the joy we all had reuniting and creating in the studio.
I have thought long and hard about the presentation and packaging. After considering lots of advice, I have decided to present the CD in a Digipak that is standard DVD size. This will allow a 32 page full color booklet filled with fun recipes and stories to nestle beautifully into the inner sleeve. The booklet can be removed, making things easier in the kitchen. All in all a very snappy product even if I do say so myself!
Listen here to a sample of one of the tracks on the CD.
WELL, THE CD IS RECORDED & I HAVE CREATED THE RECIPES, WHAT NOW?
Well, the CD has been recorded and we have a rough mix. I also have developed all the recipes and tested them out on my family and friends. What I need to do next is to finish the final mixes and get the mastering done. I also need to have the art work and layout for the book and packaging created. I need to have it manufactured and then get the product out on the market. My goal is to reach the greatest potential audience possible. To do this I need distribution so the product will be available everywhere. This will take a team of professionals - who will work with me to promote it to the media.
The great news is I have the team all ready to go. The only thing missing is the funding.
SO, THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.
This is what I plan to do with the money we raise:
1. Cover the recording costs, finish the mix and have the audio tracks mastered.
2. Have the booklet & cover art designed and the product manufactured
3. Create the Java Jive promo video
4. Engage the team of professionals to assist me with the marketing and promotion
I have included more detail about my plans in the FAQ section. Also if you would like to receive a copy of the full budget for the project you can download it here or get in touch and I will be happy to send it to you.
So, thanks for staying with me this far and please take a few minutes to watch our Kickstarter video and review the rewards we are offering in exchange for your support. Every little bit counts and no amounts will be taken for granted.
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas or any other feedback please contact me as I would love to hear from you. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope I can count on your support.
P.S. If you like this project you can also help by telling your friends!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I have done everything I can to reduce any potential risk inherent with this type of project. As a seasoned professional musician I know all too well that for a project to be successful you need to surround yourself with a team of skilled professionals and a network that can move your project forward.
I have great partners lined up including, among others, Jo Bickhardt (president of Dot Time Records) who is in charge of distribution, Sharla Feldscher (Sharla Feldscher PR in Philadelphia) for the media, Neal Sapper (president New World 'n' Jazz) for the radio marketing and promotion and MFM Media for the art-work and design and video direction. I have agreements in place with my professional partners regarding costs and if I am successful here on Kickstarter the project will move ahead with no anticipated surprises. To be completely transparent I have a fully worked out budget that I will send to you on request.
The only real risk is that we will not hit our target, however I am confident that enough people will get behind this project and help me achieve my goal.
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