Phat Man Dee - cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader
Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet, freelance sideshow 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 2021.
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. She also works as a vocal coach through her private studio, and We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Creative Life Support,. She is proud to be a faculty alumni after 5 years as a vocal coach at the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 40 years in existence. She just finished producing Miguel Sague Jr. CD of sacred Taino ceremonial prayers “Songs From the Stone Hoop”. She is currently recording a new project with musical director Reggie Watkins, and it includes musicians like Roger Humphries, Dr James Johnson, Deanna Witkowski, Tony Campbell, Chris Hemingway, Eli Naragon and more.
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.
For more info on how to support that project and more please visit:
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.