Phat Man Dee - cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader

Phat Man Dee (she/they) is an accomplished jazz singer, music producer, and music educator with a diverse range of talents. With a cosmic cabaret approach, she captivates audiences as a jazz vocalist, bandleader, and songwriter. As a Jewish bisexual working class and independent artist, she is committed to protecting, defending, and uplifting those traditionally "othered" by society, including BIPOC and fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Her latest album, "A Thousand Miles," showcases stunning collaborations with Pittsburgh's finest jazz artists and fresh big band arrangements. The transformative experience takes listeners on a musical journey through original compositions such as "Virgil and Kae," "Bigger Smile," "Easy to Say," "Groovelight," and the title track "A Thousand Miles," along with creative interpretations of classics such as "Moanin'," "Footprints," "Jeannine," and "Everything Must Change." 

In addition to her jazz endeavors, Phat Man Dee is a founding member of Social Justice Disco, a powerful collaboration with Liz Berlin of Rusted Root that merges music and social activism. Her versatility shines through her participation with The Lemington Gospel Chorale, directed by Pastor Deryck Tines. 

As a jazz provocateur, Phat Man Dee performs original compositions and standards in multiple language. She has deeply connected with audiences worldwide and was voted the #1 Best Local Jazz Act in the Best of Pittsburgh City Paper Reader's Poll of 2022. 

Beyond her artistry, Phat Man Dee is dedicated to music education, coaching at the We Rock Workshop for at-risk and foster youth. She also teaches private students in her home studio and is an active faculty alumni of Afro American Music Institute. Additionally, she serves as co-chair on the DE&I Committee of the Songwriters of North America and holds positions on the board of directors of the Rosencomet Project and Starwood Festival. 

Phat Man Dee's artistic journey reflects her unwavering pursuit of creativity, social change, and heartfelt connections through music.