Phat Man Dee - cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader
Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet, freelance sideshow marvel, music educator, and social justice agitatrix. She regularly appears with her jazz group “The Cultural District”, "The Lemington Gospel Chorale" directed by Pastor Deryck Tines, and "Social Justice Disco" a collaborative musical project with Liz Berlin. She performs live approximately 100 dates a year in nightclubs, theaters, educational facilities, private events and festivals. She was voted #1 Best Local Jazz Act in the Best of Pittsburgh City Paper Reader's Poll of 2020.
Phat Man Dee's passion for social justice is evidenced by the number of events she has performed for, and organized, to raise funds for and build awareness of important social issues like fighting racism, pursuing environmental justice and peace. In addition to her live performances, Mandee also teaches voice to young people through two musical programs, the We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and Creative Life Support, and the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 35 years in existence. She has been awarded a "Love My Neighbor" grant from Neighborhood Allies to support her all ages, community oriented monthly jam session "Tune It! Tuesdays" which occurs every on the third Tuesday at Black Forge Coffee House.
Phat Man Dee is an old-fashioned jazz torch singer with a number of new twists. She sings & duets her original compositions and eclectic repertoire of standards in English, Spanish, French and sometimes German and Hebrew. Her performance range is just as wide, spanning opera, theater and burlesque. From blues to filk, from opera to indie, Mandee’s range is nothing short of breathtaking. Her CDs include "Life Just Goes On", "Torch of Blue" and "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1", "Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got it Comin' to You!)", and "A Decidedly Creepy EP". During the summer of 2015, Phat Man Dee produced her web video series “Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee” where she jammed with musicians and artists on bridges in a 12 country tour, 15 city tour of Europe.
Her most recent full length work was a 12 song CD “Songs to Fight Fascists By!” with "Social Justice Disco", a collaborative musical project with Liz Berlin, co founder of Rusted Root. This excited socially minded creation features over 60 musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists. Since the pandemic she has released two singled "Everybody Hurts" which is a cover of R.E.M.'s composition, "MasQue Up!" which is an original song written as a love letter to the trans and LBGTQIA community, and "Save You, Save Me" which will be available December 11, 2020 and includes musicians from all over the world.
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