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

Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa to you and you and you and especially you!

Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa to you and you and you and especially you!

It has been a very exciting week here at Phat Man Dee Productions, this week I was voted #2 best local jazz singer/blues act in the Pittsburgh City Paper in their 2011 Readers Poll!

Also this week I am in rehearsal for my big show at the Carnegie Science Center next Thursday December 15, 2011, an "Interg..., to be specific. It is also serving as my official cd release party for my new holiday ep "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1" Together we shall present the most rockin’ holiday happening this side of the Milky Way! Celebrate the holiday season with an astronomy-themed performance of multicultural music as I sing in the Buhl Digital Planetarium. Hear classic tunes like “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “Stardust,” against stunning visuals that take you on a stellar journey through the universe. Be among the first to hear my newest hit single, “Picksburgh Xmas”. This one-of-a-kind collaboration blends jazz and science for an unforgettable extravaganza for adults and kids alike! See one show, or stay for both! Thursday, Dec. 15 8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.; each showtime is a unique performance. One show: $15 advance / $20 door Two shows: $25 advance / $35 door For tickets call 412.237.3400.

Laughingsquid did an amazing blog post about the event and the album!

If you just can't make the show, but wish to have the disc anyways, and did I mention the cover art was illustrated by Pittsburgh's own Rob Rogers? You can purchase the disc online!!

In between now and then I am going to have an awesome time singing for Santarchy tomorrow (though by the time you read this it might be today) so quick, grab your Santa suit and meet me down at NOLA on the Square at 2 pm. NOLA is located at 24 Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
For more info on the madness check the fb invite!
Print your own songbook!
Checkpoints and important information!

Or just meet us at NOLA at 2 pm, have a po'boy and listen to the music as the insanity begins.....

To those of you who were able to support by coming out to our benefits at Shadow Lounge the last 2 weeks for either Climate Ground Zero's work in West Virginia or the event at for Occupy Pittsburgh, I just wanted to thank you so much, we raised over $300 for the Climate Ground Zero folks and about $500 for the Occupy Pittsburgh people. Occupy Pgh just got an eviction notice from BNY Mellon, they are asked to leave on Sunday. I don't know what will happen to them, so please pray for them and support both of these worthy groups when and how you can.

Other impending dates featuring Phat Man Dee:
Dec 17
Morose & Macabre's House of Oddities Presents....
an Atrocity Exhibition 2012 Fundraiser Event at Belvedere's!
FB invite:

Dec 23
Phat Man Dee and DJ Brother Strawberry at the Tin Front Cafe
Delicious vegetarian fare, home made vodka infusions by Sister Shortcake
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Dec 31
New Years Eve bash with Phat Man Dee, burlesque, djs and more at Mr Small's Theater!
More info as I get it! $8 in advance, $10 at the door, it is *the* place to be to ring in 2012!!

Love, light, music and friends, I am grateful for all of this and more. We may only have this one life to live and I am glad we are living it together.

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