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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.






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Phat Man Dee - cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader
Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet, freelance sideshow marvel, music educator, occasional cellist, and social justice agitatrix. She regularly appears with her jazz group “The Cultural District”, "The Lemington Gospel Chorale" directed by Pastor Deryck Tines, and "Social Justice Disco" a collaborative musical project with Liz Berlin. She performs live approximately 100 dates a year in nightclubs, theaters, educational facilities, private events and festivals. She was voted #1 Best Local Jazz Act in the Best of Pittsburgh City Paper Reader's Poll of 2020.

Phat Man Dee works as a vocal coach to young people through two musical programs, the We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Creative Life Support, and the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 40 years in existence. She has been awarded a "Love My Neighbor" grant from Neighborhood Allies to support her all ages, community oriented monthly jam session "Tune It! Tuesdays" which occurs every on the third Tuesday at Black Forge Coffee House.

Phat Man Dee has been called a jazz provocateur, and she sings & duets her original compositions and eclectic repertoire of standards in English, Spanish, French, German and Hebrew. Her performance range is just as wide, spanning opera, theater and burlesque. From blues to filk, from opera to indie, Mandee’s range is nothing short of breathtaking.

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"Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got it Comin' to You!)"
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Social Justice Disco's “Songs to Fight Fascists By!” which was a collaborative musical project featuring 60 artists, co produced with Liz Berlin, co founder of Rusted Root and Mr Smalls Theatre
Her pandemic singles include:

"Everybody Hurts" a cover of R.E.M.'s composition
"MasQue Up!" which is an original song written as a love letter to the trans and LBGTQIA community
"Save You, Save Me" which featured musicians from all over the world
Mandee is currently focusing on two recording projects, she is producing "Songs From the Stone Hoop" for artist and spiritual leader, Taino Be'Hike Miguel Sague Jr, and her own EP of new composition which she has been co writing with incredible artists from The Songwriting Academy.
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Friends! I hope this message meets you well!! So the world sometimes seems to be off its nut a bit more than usual lately.... and so to not get too crazy myself I'm just staying super busy. I'm a voi…

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Friends! I hope this message meets you well!! So the world sometimes seems to be off its nut a bit more than usual lately.... and so to not get too crazy myself I'm just staying super busy. I'm a voice teacher now, I teach youth voice lessons at Afro American Music Institute and We Rock Workshop. I'm performing with my jazz band The Cultural District and also with The Lemington Gospel Chorale. I have been spending a bulk of my time working super hard on this project I've been building with…


And yet we persist! ART! MUSIC! LOVE!

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My favorite Smoky Robinson and the Miracles song is "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" and I think it's appropriate for the state of the world.... I am going to dance harder, sing louder, play more music and harmonize with more intensity than ever before. I am going to keep sharing my knowledge with the next generation…


Baby Dee is Coming to Town!!!

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Friends! Please accept my apologies for the recent radio silence.... I will work on doing better, especially in these distressingly troubling times, at maintaining communication. The Book of Face and the Tweeter and the 'Gram are excellent tools for…


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At 5:02pm on April 13, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thanks for the feedback and for being an active member. We are supposed to be leaders in the jazz community as were our predecessors. Please help us recruit new members. We lose an occasional few along the way but we are growing steadily and gaining respect in all corners of the globe.
At 5:34pm on April 12, 2009, Kent Bey said…
Greetings... I am establishing a live Jazz Night on a Wednesday between 7pm to 10pm at a very nice, clean, and classy venue in the East Liberty area. The evening will feature local Pittsburgh musicians like Tony Campbell and many others performing for a very appreciative audience of jazz lovers.

I am a Pittsburgh native and local youth arts advocate attempting to expose young up and coming artists to the heart and soul of pure Pittsburgh music culture and traditions as they meet and learn from some of the local Music Masters. If you are interested in hosting a Wednesday night once a month or every other month I would be humbled and honored to make this happen.


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At 4:51am on March 28, 2009, Aaron Jackendoff said…
I donno, was that at the backstage bar?
At 12:13am on December 7, 2008, Gypsy Cafe said…
Hey Lady--Don Aliquo's in tonight and I just heard Don Jr. will be with him. Stop by if you're in the hood!
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At 10:17pm on July 29, 2008, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Your imagination seems to know no bounds, and I love it! What courage-- and you have the talent to justify it all-- that's the amazing part. Keep on keepin' on.
At 5:34pm on July 27, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey Hey! Been hearing bout you for years!!!! Glad I finally bumped into you~(Thanks Nelson!!!) Let's sip together something refreshing when I return to the Burgh in August. RIght now I am teaching Teen Girl ROck and ROll Camps in Western MASS-with legendary ROckrGrrlS! VEry fun! Look forward to meeting you! ENjoy, -janelle
At 3:19am on July 21, 2008, George Heid said…
Hey hey... they had the files.... great news and for the future, I will have the hedgehog's voice in top form. Be well and thank you for the most sweet email.
At 3:06am on July 21, 2008, Kevin Amos said…
Hi Man Dee! Long time no hear from. Welcome
At 8:21pm on July 19, 2008, J. Malls said…
Wassup ManDee? Glad that you joined the jazz network! Hope you can stop by AVA on Monday!! See ya soon. -J



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