Phat Man Dee
Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet and retired sideshow marvel. She regularly appears with the jazz group she leads “The Cultural District” and in "The Lemington Gospel Chorale" directed by Pastor Deryck Tines. She performs live approximately 100 dates a year in nightclubs, theaters, educational facilities, private events and festivals. She has been voted number one in the 2016 Pittsburgh City Paper’s Readers’ Polls as the top local jazz act. 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 33 years in existence. 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" and "Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got it Comin' to You!)" During the summer of 2015, Phat Man Dee spent a glorious summer exploring the hither, the thither and the yon, in a massive 12 country, 15 city tour of Europe, shooting season one of the currently in post production, “Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee”! She is currently finishing up her recording “Social Justice Disco, Songs to Fight Fascists By!” with Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and that album will drop in Spring of 2018.
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