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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

Hey Phat Chick! Video Premiere, Unity Concert, goin' outta tahn w/ Kabarett and Ka-Blam!

Hey friends!
I gave you incorrect info in my last email/post! I said I had a Video Premiere tonight at Blue Moon, Sat April 18.... AND IT WAS ALL LIES AND PROPAGANDA! It's TOMORROW!
So, here is a list of some incredible events I am part of this week and next, I hope you can come, and my show schedule is popping, so check my reverbnation profile for the most up to date info about my appearances!

Tomorrow, April 18, 2015
(not the 19th as I originally stated) we are premiering my video "Hey Phat Chick!" at The Nomi Darling Show Episode 8: The Indecent Episode AND Phat Man Dee Video Release Party at Blue Moon! It's free and the drinks are cheap and the bar is SMOKY! (which is appropriate considering the videos and evening are presented by "Smoke This Productions")
More info: 

This Thursday, April 23, 2015 
at Altar Bar, Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change (that's me, Christiane D, Dr. Dr. HollyHood, Lita D'Vargas, Elizabeth Kivowitz, Brian Drusky) & Drusky Entertainment present: 
Unity Concert, a fundraiser for the Afro American Music Institute! 

Artists, activists and promoters in the Pittsburgh community have come together to present a concert to be a small part of helping to foster unity through music and art. This concert series shall benefit AAMI with 100% of all proceeds from the door, and in addition to donating 100 % of ticket sales, Drusky Entertainment shall contribute a portion from each and every ticket sold at all future Drusky Entertainment concerts at Altar Bar for the period of one year the beneficiary. Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change is proud to associate with Drusky Entertainment in their mission to demonstrate in a real and meaningful way how much we all support and appreciate the work of both of these worthy groups.

Scheduled Performers include:

Reverend Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale
Faculty Jazz Instructors from Afro American Music Institute
Afro Cuban Duets by Miguel Sague Jr and Miguel Sague III
Puerto Rican standards by Geña y Peña
Christiane D and the V*Sage Sangers
Launka Zimeir • Shad Ali • John Basement • Bluey • Sosa • Billy Pilgrim
Students of We Rock Workshop!
DJ Mike Canton of the Soul Show on WYEP
DJ Nuke Knocka of PR7X
Hosted by Phat Man Dee, Lita D'Vargas and Dr. HollyHood

•Tim Stevens of B-PEP
•Anupama Jain of Pittsburgh Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts
•Mayor Bill Peduto

About Afro American Music Institute:
Afro American Music Institute (AAMI) began in 1982 by founders Dr. James Johnson and his wife, Pamela. On August 15, 2003 AAMI moved into its current location at 7131 Hamilton Avenue in Homewood. The facility provides a more inviting location with larger rooms and professional appearance and atmosphere. Consistent with its mission, the Afro-American Music Institute provides programs of excellence under the guidance and tutelage of its committed staff and board members. They seek out youth for enrollment and completion of programs and courses offered at AAMI. Their many students gain self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity and problem solving skills. Their curriculum provides specialized instrumental and vocal training in all styles of African-American music, gospel, Negro spirituals, jazz and more. People of all ages who wish to learn music from an African American musical perspective may study piano, voice, percussion and more at this incredibly powerful institution.
If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, please do so directly through paypal at:
FB event page (please please share and help us spread the word!!!) 

The following night Friday April 23, 2015
I am hitting the road to go to Johnstown, PA for the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies Vegas Night and Fundraiser!
We will be performing at the dinner and entertainment early evening event at ArtSpace! It's almost sold out, only 15 tickets left, so if you want one, now is the time!
More info and tickets: 

And Saturday April 25, 2015 
I return back to Pittsburgh for Ka-Blam! a fundraiser for the Toonseum at the Teamsters Temple Banquet Hall in Lawrenceville. VIP reception scheduled beforehand from 7pm to 8pm. VIP tickets are $75 each or $125 per couple, while regular admittance is $40. Rick Sebak is hosting, J Malls is spinning, Pittsburgh Dad's gonna be running around up in there somewheres and I hope to see you there!!!! 

The weekend after on Friday May 1, 2015 
I am thrilled to state I shall be emceeing the opening night festivities of the International Queer Burlesque Festival, right here in Pittsburgh, PA!
Join us downstairs in the showbar of Cattivo for the Fierce: International Queer Burlesque Festival fancy Friday Showcase. The headliner is the luscious Ms. GiGi LaFemme from Nashville, TN - joined by our evening Feature, the equally delicious Ms. Nina La Voix from NYC Presale tickets $10 bucks or $15 bucks at the door! 
FB event page: 

May kind of explodes after that, with the Atrocity Exhibition and also trips to ABS Fest and VABS Fest in North Carolina, Virginia and while this all going down, I am planning my European tour in July and the "Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee" video web all who contributed on my kickstarter campaign, thank you so much, I will be starting to send rewards soon, but I am eternally grateful.... 
One love to you, for now and always,
Phat Man Dee

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