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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.






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



       In Her Own Words

Have Yourself a Phattie Little Holiday!

Make your Yule-tide Gay!!!!!  And what better way to do this than with Pittsburgh's favorite tattooed Jewishly leaning yet pan spiritual songstress??!?!? I am sure you have your traditions, and I hope you hold them with respect and dignity, love and remembrance.... We don't know where we're going if we can't remember the past, right? I remember once as a little girl, lighting my candles on the menorah I had made in shop class out of metal pop bottle tops and 2 x 4 wood, painted purple and green with gold glitter (even back then I was trying to get to New Orleans) with a blue glitter Star of David with hope in my heart, as these days I screw in the blue bulbs in my electric Chanukah menorah, just like the one my Grandma Claire up in Far Rockaway used to have.... and I remember Grandma Alene's Christmas tree in Tulsa, and Santa always went to her house.... but no matter where I was or whose winter holiday we were celebrating, as long as I got to eat a latke and have a candy cane, I was golden.... I am older now and even as I remember these things with sour creamed, apple sauced, and a pepperminty rose tinted fondness, I yearn for a new tradition, one who truly venerates and celebrates who I am today.  

And that my friends, is why Drusky Entertainment and Phat Man Dee Productions have come together to present 
 "A Phattie Little Holiday!"  

Let our new holiday traditions include Candy Cane Strip Teases, Dancing Dreidles and Elf-lesque while Phat Man Dee and her band play salacious holiday classics like "Let it Snow" and Ellington's "Sugar Rum Cherry" as Pittsburgh's top burlesque superstars shimmy it up one side and shake it down the other! Ho ho ho and a Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa to you and you and you! We don't care if you've been naughty or if you've been nice! We're gonna show you what Eve showed Adam and we're not talking about them apples! We're calling on and co-mingling the spirits of the Moulin Rouge and old Saint Nick so you can join us and celebrate the holidays with the classiest show in town! 

Featuring the dancers:
*Macabre Noir - director of Steel City Burlesque Academy and Best Variety Entertainer of Great Southern Exposure Burlesque Pageant!!
*Lita D'Vargas - assistant director of the Steel City Burlesque Academy!
*Lilith Deville - founding member of Kabarett Vulgare!
*Kat de Lac - founder of Steel City Kitty Variety show and international traveller!

Live music by:
Phat Man Dee and The Cultural District featuring musical director and bassist Tony DePaolis, guitarist Ronald Wingfield, drummer JT Smitty Smith, and trombonist Reggie Watkins.

Tickets are available online for $20! 

Discount Code for fans and friends will let you buy tickets online in advance for $15!!!! Use the code "PHATHOLIDAY" at checkout online!!!

FB event page, please share it far and wide!

Please join us and run from the family or bring them along (if they are over 21, this show is *not* for the childrens!) much love to you, and here's wishing you and yours a Happy (if belated) Chanukah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a Merry Christmas and I hope you can join us for some holiday cheer in the form of jazz music, pasties and g strings made of tinsel! 

Stuck on what to buy for that hard to get for someone? You can buy my entire discography, discounted now thru Three Kings Day on CD Baby:

Love, joy, respect and an ever present prayer for peace,


on twitter & instagram @phatmandee

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