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

Springtime in Pittsburgh means Jazz, Dance, Video and Phat Man Dee!

Wow.... it's like Bill Peduto got elected to mayor of Pittsburgh, and I've just been sent into this delirious, in between state, of joy and am just now waking up to find that we're all actually living the dream! Ok, maybe it's not like that at all, in reality I've been studying hard at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and working my video internship at Mr Smalls, which has also involved weekly vocal coaching for some young people which has been thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and all in all leaves little time for blogging.... So here we are, nearly to April, and unless you follow me on twitter or facebook, you have no idea what I've been into. (But if you do follow me on twitter, say something to me on there so I can follow back, ok?)

Next Monday Mar 31, 2014

Phat Man Dee at the Savoy!
I will be singing at SAVOY JAZZ! 

 6 pm - 9:30 pm, all ages, reservations recommended
Phone: (412) 281-0660

The Savoy is located at 2623 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh

Joining me will be bassist Tony DePaolis,
guitarist Mark Lucas and drummer JT "Smitty" Smith! Every Monday evening they open the restaurant for Monday Night Jazz! Come in and enjoy some of the finest live jazz around, performed by some of the best jazz artists Pittsburgh has to offer. And the kitchen is open for some amazing dining to go along with that amazing music.  Attire: Business casual (no sneakers, hats, tank tops or shorts) Dining: Full dinner and dessert menus are available along with the lounge menu. Drink specials are all domestic beers for $3.00 (plus tax) and a special martini called the “Jazztini” for $8.00 (plus tax). Hours: Restaurant opens at 5pm, and live music goes from 6pm to 10pm. Kitchen closes at 9pm. Make Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy your special treat every week by reserving your table today!  

Next Friday April 4, 2014 at 7 p.m.

I will be emceeing a wonderful event called Pittsburgh Festival Nouveau!
Hoops, Aerials, Music, Comedy, and a Clown or two! Join us for a family friendly Night at the Circus! Enjoy some of Pittsburgh's finest in circus and side show arts. Featuring Madame Onca O'Leary and Paolo Garbanzo from down South!
Featuring face painting by local artist Lauren Toohey!
Family Evening FUN! At Pittsburgh Dance Center
4765 Liberty Ave,Pittsburgh, PA 15224 
For more info on the festival, all the workshops by dance/sideshow professionals and the performances go to:

I am very excited to announce the final installments of my pilot season of my video podcast, I am in the thick of editing right now, but I have two more shoots, one in the intimate Funhouse Living Room Theatre and one on the Mainstage at the Mr Smalls Complex in Millvale.... and here they are, so excited! We live in a city with so much talent and I am so honored to perform with them and be trusted to document them! 

Sunday April 6, 2014

Phat Man Dee & Creative.Life.Support are thrilled to present the third and final  "Sunday Phunday" featuring one of Pittsburgh's finest vocalists. From Brazil, we welcome the  astounding talents of Kenia in a performance at the Funhouse  Living Room  Theatre, an intimate venue in the new Funhouse section of the Mr. Smalls complex in Millvale. This show will be videotaped in front of a live studio audience for inclusion in Phat Man Dee's podcast so  please be on time and ready to enjoy a wonderful evening of Pittsburgh's finest in Brazilian jazz!    

No cover charge, donations encouraged.  
Mr Smalls is located at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209  
Entry to the event is not through the main entrance, but actually through the Courtyard Entrance on Butler Street between Lincoln and Evergreen Ave, closer to the top of the hill and rear of the building. There will be signage.

Links: Kenia's website: http://www.kenialive.com
Creative.Life.Support's website:
Facebook event page:

Sunday April 19, 2014

Creative.Life.Support Presents:

Phat Man Dee's Cavalcade of Stars N'at! 

This local showcase on Mr Smalls Mainstage includes some of Pittsburgh's most phenomenal musical artists and will be video taped live for inclusion in Phat Man Dee's pilot season of her video podcast about local music. 

Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm
It's FREE to attend if over 21, or only $2 if under 21

The show is free but if you register for your free ticket then when you show up and redeem your online reservation the artist you chose will get $1. Also, bring tips for to help support the other artists when we pass a hat. Tangible love in monetary form is always appreciated

Mr Smalls is located at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209
Artists featured include:

* BeLove Sanaa - singer/songwriter, jazz/r&b vocalist  
* DRU - the artist formerly known as Andrew the Impaled  
* Miguel Sague Jr & Miguel Sague III, father/son Cuban duets w/ guitar &  conga
* The Reverend David Apocalypse & his Traveling Museum of Oddities  
* Phat Man Dee - w/ members of The Cultural District, feat. Roby “Supersax” Edwards  
* CHAIBABA - psychedelic progressive rock band

This show completes Mandee's video internship and residency in Mr Small Theatre's Creative.Life.Support program.  It is a celebration of local music and showcases some of her favorite Pittsburgh based talent. Because in a perfect world, shows are free, people show up, bands get paid and local music reigns supreme! 

 Friday April 25, 2014 

I will be singing at Marty's Market in the Strip for a delightful collaboration with their chef to devise the menu that tastes like my music sounds.... which is Jewish Soul food??? I'm thinking latkes and bar be que with a side of greens and matzoh balls? Can we make that? Do we have the technology? Come and find out in person! 

Join us for a wonderful evening of music at the fresh
food destination supermarket and cafe Marty's Market. Curated
by Andy Mulkerin of City Paper and Christiane D of
the Pittsburgh Arts Council, this monthly series that combines community, dinner and local music has become a very popular way to spend your Friday in the Strip District!

Tickets: $25 per person includes dinner
All Ages
Marty's Market is located at 2301 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 586-7177
And so that's it for my public performances in April..... May will be a doozy too, we've got Pyrotopia, the festival of fire arts happening, which I am very excited about!! I will be co emceeing the event with Andrew the Impaled.

More info here: 
Also happening in May is the Atrocity Exhibition, in which we will be exploring the theatre of dreams....and nightmares... With some of the finest dark performance artists from across this perverse and beautiful nation
Somehow in the middle of all this I need to complete my final edit for class and get my band ready for our summer festival touring circuit. Thankfully I play with the best musicians I know, and we can do it. Want proof? Take a special listen to my new song on my reverbnation profile, it's called "Hey Phat Chick!" It was recorded last month, arranged by Tony DePaolis and it features musicians Cliff Barnes on keys, Tony DePaolis on bass, JT "Smitty" Smith on drums and the Steel City Horn Trio, which includes Reggie Watkins on trombone, Ron Horton on trumpet and Roby "Supersax" Edwards on saxophone! 
Love and butter and one song with many voices.... I am yours, Phat Man Dee

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