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

Phat Man Dee w/ Pontani Sisters on Fri and w/ DJ Brother Strawberry on Sat!

Hey to the hey to the hey hey!
I just got back from California, my cousin Jon Alloway's movie preview was a huge success. Standing room only, the Amoeba and I got to see old friends, sing to hundreds of new ones I've never met before, outside in February, in the light of stars, under palm trees and in kissing distance of the Dog Heads and Pizza Dragon. The movie "Into the Zone" is a documentary about the Cacophony Society and their ongoing work. There was an accompanying art show wrangled by Rev Al at the Grand Central Art Center which is up til April, it is well worth viewing if you are in the area.
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So if you missed me, and you live in Pittsburgh or Homestead, PA, come
check me out this weekend!

Tomorrow night I am singing in the 
with the Pontani Sisters!

In the great spirit of classic burlesque, Times Square sass, vaudeville and variety, BURLESQUE-A-PADES is back at THE REX THEATER on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th with an all new show to celebrate VALENTINES DAY! It’s the season of love and romance, so make it the perfect date

With over ten years of touring experience, THE WORLD FAMOUS PONTANI SISTERS have done it again, bringing together a top caliber cast to entertain you! This 90 minute review features performances from ANGIE PONTANI, ALBERT CADABRA, PHAT MAN DEE, HELEN PONTANI, MISS SATURN, THE PONTANI SISTERS and more guests to be announced!

(412) 381-6811
9:00PM/ TICKETS $15.00
Tickets are available at:

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The following evening I am singing at the Tin Front Cafe in Homestead! Not only is it Pre Valentine's Weekend, it is also the Birthday Eve of Abraham Lincoln, Judy Blume, Isaac Asimov, Andrew the Impaled and me, Phat Man Dee! Come celebrate and have some cocktails! Phenomenal vegetarian cuisine, delicious drinks by Sister Shortcake, DJ Strawberry on the vinyl and Phat Man Dee on the mic! No cover! Reservations recommended but not required. The ShortStraws return, and I will perform LIVE for your listening pleasure, complete with dinner,
candlelight and pink champagne!

216 E 8TH AVE, HOMESTEAD, PA 15120
(412) 461-4615

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I am also moments away from launching a kickstarter fundraiser campaign. I am so excited about it, I have been tweaking the video and the budget and I am just so worked up about inviting my friends and fans to help me make my first ever live studio dvd!!! Please keep your
eyes peeled, it is coming in the next day or 2, just in time for my birthday!

Here's to love, light, and a cacophonous howl as pasties twirl in the moonlight,

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