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, occasional cellist, 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 works as a vocal coach to young people through two musical programs, the We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Creative Life Support, and the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 40 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 has been called a jazz provocateur, and she sings & duets her original compositions and eclectic repertoire of standards in English, Spanish, French, 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 discography is completely independent and includes:
- "Life Just Goes On"
- "Torch of Blue"
- "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1"
- "Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got it Comin' to You!)"
- "A Decidedly Creepy EP"
- Social Justice Disco's “Songs to Fight Fascists By!” which was a collaborative musical project featuring 60 artists, co produced with Liz Berlin, co founder of Rusted Root and Mr Smalls Theatre
Her pandemic singles include:
- "Everybody Hurts" 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
- "Save You, Save Me" which featured musicians from all over the world
Mandee is currently focusing on two recording projects, she is producing "Songs From the Stone Hoop" for artist and spiritual leader, Taino Be'Hike Miguel Sague Jr, and her own EP of new composition which she has been co writing with incredible artists from The Songwriting Academy.