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

What does September mean to you? To some it means the return to education, the end of summer, or the cooling of the daze (unless you live in South America and then I think that's totally opposite?) but for me, it is the continuation of a cycle and the burgeoning of a movement that has long been building. I am so excited to announce that I am releasing my fourth studio album and my dear husband of 12 years is releasing his FIRST studio album at one massive and beautiful CD release party!

Phat Man Dee & Amoeba Knievel CD Release! Presented by  
Creative.Life.Support at Mr Smalls Theatre!
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Doors 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., tix are free if you are over 21 and only $2 if under 21!
400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA - ph: 412-821-4447
(Because in a perfect world: shows are free, people show up, bands get paid and local music reigns supreme!)
Performers include:
Lilith DeVille - emcee and host
Liz Berlin - Pittsburgh's reigning Queen of Pop
Middle Children - electro/cello power pop duo
Geña - Pittsburgh's premiere Puerto Rican vocalist
Pittsburgh Complaints N'at Choir - directed by Christiane D, this group musically voices the complaints of Pittsburgh
Phat Man Dee & the Cultural District (that's my jazz band!!!)
Amoeba Knievel (that's my husband's rawk band!!!)

Facebook event page:
Free ticket registration:

And I can hear some of you asking now.... "But wait, Mandee, is it true that I might see you before Sep 24? It just seems so far awaaaayyyyy!!!!" And it's true, I am guilty of not following advice, I do over book myself, but when the world presents you with such great opportunities, who am I to say no??? So....

Tomorrow September 6, 2014 - Noon - 2 p.m.
At noon, I am singing and helping to organize and event with Pittsburgh Families for Justice as Healing at hostoric Freedom Corner in the Hill District. We demand justice and change. We stand in solidarity with Ferguson and all victims of police violence. We are working to create a world where our children can grow up without fear that the people sworn to protect them are not the ones who are killing them. We gather at noon, and after there is a march to see a movie shown by Answer Pittsburgh about police violence. Performances by Black Rap Medusa, Phat Man Dee, Geña Música, Mr. Able/GME, 1Hood Media and more. Speakers include Pete Shell, Melanie Diore, Renee Gray, Andre Scott, Essence Howze, Pastor Shanea Leonard, Nicky Jo Dawson, Jessie Farine, Mike Battle and more.
Freedom Corner is on Center Ave in the Hill District just before downtown, Pittsburgh, PA
More info about the event and it's impressive list of sponsors:

Next Thursday September 11, 2014
I am singing at the Smiling Moose in a presentation by Steel City Kitty Burlesque and Variety Show! My dear friend Dottie Luxx is coming to town, and Kat de Lac has invited me to sing, and I have not seen Dottie since that drag queen in San Francisco did that incredible thing with the, erm, well, uh, never mind, and then we shot that terrible lesbian vampire movie, but never mind that now... come to the gig and I'll tell you all about it!
Smiling Moose, 1306 E Carson St, Southside, Pittsburgh, PA
More info:

Sunday September 21, 2014
Macabre Noir and I are heading to Philadelphia to take part in the Late Night Cabaret's Burlesque and Beyond Variety show and freak-a-palooza!
Other performers that night include:
Darlinda Just Darlinda
Mackenzie Molotiv
Reggie Bugmuncher
Scary Ben
Macabre Noir

Phat Man Dee, emcee and host!
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA
More info:

I would love to see you at all of these events, my world, as always, revolves around music, dancing, social justice and love. Meet me on the dancefloor and we'll plan a revolution.....

Love, light, and respect,

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