Pain Relief Beyond Belief





From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


Some answers  can be gleaned from the postings on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.


For almost 100 years the Pittsburgh region has been a metacenter of jazz originality that is second to no other in the history of jazz.  One of the best kept secrets in jazz folklore, the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy has heretofore remained mythical.  We have dubbed it “the greatest story never told” since it has not been represented in writing before now in such a way as to be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about it.  When it was happening, little did we know how priceless the memories would become when the times were gone.


Today jazz is still king in Pittsburgh, with events, performances and activities happening all the time. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the places, artists and fans that carry on the legacy of Pittsburgh's jazz heritage.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words

Phat Man Dee at Wallace's, B-Pep Jazz, the JCC, Westmoreland Art Museum & more!

Welcome to the Phat List! 
Springtime is here! Gigs and delightful musical happenings are near!
Thank you for tuning in to my monthly rambling list of musical mayhem and merriment! Image used above shot by Roy Jones of Kent, Ohio. 

Thursday March 29

Enjoy an early Thursday in the heart of East Liberty with some vocalizations by Pittsburgh's one and only Phat Man Dee at Wallace's Whiskey Room + Kitchen at the Hotel Indigo located at 123 N Highland! She will be singing with pianist Antonio Croes! Show from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.! No cover! 
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Monday April 2

Come celebrate 32 years of the Black Political Empowerment Project, B-PEP, with us at this annual fun-raiser featuring over 60 of Pittsburgh's finest jazz musicians! The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. at Wyndham University Center Bridges Cafe at 100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, tickets are $35 and can be bought at the door! More info about B-Pep: https://www.b-pep.net


                                 Saturday April 7

Join us at Katz Theater at the JCC Pittsburgh, located at 5738 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh, 15217, for a Voices and Values social justice sing in marking the end of Passover. All voices welcome. Featuring Dan Nichols, Phat Man Dee, Cantor Julie Newman; Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo; Rabbi Ron Symons and more.  Facebook event page:

Saturday April 14

Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin will be performing songs from their upcoming release "Social Justice Disco" during the first ever Arts Walk hosted by the Westmoreland Arts Museum!!! They will be performing from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the museum! Experience the Greensburg arts scene during ArtsWalk, a day of discovering the visual and performing arts our town has to offer.
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Tuesday April 17

Join Phat Man Dee at her monthly jam session "Tune It Tuesdays" at Black Forge Coffee House, 1206 Arlington Ave, Pittsburgh, 15210! This community oriented music making jam session will feature a house band including some of Mandee's favorite local musicians. Support provided by Neighborhood Allies, Drusky Entertainment and Copies At Carson, Inc.! Tickets will be $3 at the door and  artists coming to sit in get in free! Facebook:

Saturday April 21

Fiesta Flamenca 2018, . Doors: 7:15pm - Show: 8pm,  $10.00 - $20.00, All Ages! At Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
An annual celebration of the musical tradition, dance, and culture of flamenco is brought to you by Flamenco Pittsburgh. It features the ensemble Alba Flamenca and their dance students. Special guests include Tony DePaolis (bass), Erik Lawrence (flute and saxophone), and Phat Man Dee (vocals). The event is family friendly.
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