Phat Man Dee - cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader

Phat Man Dee (she/they) is an accomplished and award winning jazz singer, music producer, and music educator with a diverse range of talents.  Voted Number 1 Best Jazz Artist in the Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll for multiple years, she captivates audiences as a jazz vocalist, bandleader, songwriter, and recording artist. Beyond her artistry, as a pan spiritual, Jewish, bisexual, working class creator and resident of Earth, she is committed to protecting, defending, and uplifting those traditionally "othered" by society, such as BIPOC and fellow LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Her discography includes:

  • Life Just Goes On - 2002 (artist / producer) 
  • Torch of Blue - 2007 (artist / producer) 
  • Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol. 1.1 - 2011 (artist / producer) 
  • Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got It Comin' to Ya'!) - 2014 (artist / producer) 
  • Donna Davis - posthumous CD - 2016 (producer) 
  • A Decidedly Creepy EP - 2018 (artist / producer) 
  • Social Justice Disco with Liz Berlin - 2019 (artist / producer) 
  • Songs From The Stone Hoop - Miguel Sague Jr. - 2021 (producer) 
  • A Thousand Miles - 2023 (artist / producer) 

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." 

Beyond her artistry 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 Pastor Deryck Tine's Lemington Gospel Chorale, and currently sings in the alto section of The Pittsburgh Heritage Gospel Chorale, directed by Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones. She served for 2 years as the Social Media and Press Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, actively volunteered as  co-chair of the DEI committee for Songwriters of North America, and served for 2 years on the board of Rosencomet Project and the Starwood Festival. 

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