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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?


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Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light woth Social Justice Disco!

Event Details

Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light woth Social Justice Disco!

Time: December 14, 2017 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Katz Theater at the Jewish Community Center
Street: 5738 Darlington Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
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Event Type: concert, world, premiere, theatrical, disco, for, social, justice
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2017

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Event Description

Don’t miss the only opportunity to see the first live performance of Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco with Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and jazz singer Phat Man Dee, co-presented by the JCC's American Jewish Museum and the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement:

JCC of Greater Pittsburgh • Katz Theater
5738 Darlington Avenue
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm • $10-$25
Private meet and greet with the artists: 6:30pm
Ages 13+ • Cash bar

MORE DETAILS: Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and jazz singer Phat Man Dee recently created an outstanding collection of social justice songs. Recognizing the important role artists have in contributing to the global choir of change, the JCC is hosting Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco.

The concert is a musical collaboration of jazz, rock, gospel, poetry, dance, hip hop, and disco with special guests Pastor Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale, Ezra Smith and Christina Springer, Johnny Creed Coe, SunBear Coe, and Miguel Sague Jr. They’ll perform original and legendary songs including I Will Survive, Staying Alive, I Can’t Breathe, Have You Been to Jail for Justice?, and many more.

The Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco concert at the JCC celebrates Man Dee’s and Berlin’s commitment to making our world a better place and anticipates their winter 2018 Social Justice for Disco CD release. The concert is also a program in conjunction with the American Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Out of Many: Stories of Migration, a photography exhibit that highlights the role that immigration and migration have played in the formation of our identity and culture, and in sustaining our economy.

Working to redefine the term neighbor from a geographic term to a moral concept, Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco and Out of Many: Stories of Migration express artistically the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement's mission to strengthen the fabric of community by amplifying the long held values of Love Your Neighbor as yourself and Do not stand idle while your neighbor bleeds. Visit for more information.

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