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Phat Man Dee / Press

“It was a classic tale of boy-who-dresses-up-as-a-caterpillar-and-yells meets girl-who-swallows-glass, that day back in 2000 when Phat Man Dee first encountered Tommy Amoeba. ..Now, 14 years later, Man Dee and Tommy have been married over a decade and are basically local music-and-performance legends: She's well-known as a jazz singer and general personality, and he's known equally for his band, Amoeba Knievel, and for being that guy who goes to rock shows and yells "Aaaaahhhhhh!" instead of applauding. Man Dee has two albums under her belt and is preparing for the release, on Wed., Sept. 24, of her latest, Hey Phat Chick, with her band, The Cultural District. Tommy has a new album, too — his first, after over a decade with Amoeba Knievel..."We are married, people keep calling us some kind of weirdo iconic couple," says Man Dee, "because we got married on the pink elephant. Yeah, it's true: We want to be Pittsburgh's freaky-deaky Sonny and Cher!"”

“They are Pittsburgh’s First Couple of the Bizarre — musically speaking. Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba, known for their DIY sounds and freak-show antics onstage, would seem to be perfectly suited for each other and, appropriately, were married atop a pink elephant float during a parade down Carson Street in 2002. But, as their tagline goes, “She’s a little jazzy and he’s a little bit rawk and roll!” “Hey Phat Chick!” is the fourth album from Man Dee, recorded at Smalls as part of a trade deal with studio co-owner Liz Berlin. Her approach on this album, she says, was, “I’m just going to go out and hire the biggest guns in town,” including friends Tony DePaolis (bassist/pianist) and Reggie Watkins (Jason Mraz’s trombonist) and pianist Cliff Barnes to play on originals, a Nat Cole standard and a couple of saucy French numbers.”

“This woman is as zaftig as she is zany. It's the perfect marriage of a beautiful voice and a twisted mind, kind of like Karen Black in a more cabaret setting. But it isn't all high-brow low-jinx; Phat Man Dee has a set of powerful pipes behind her exquisite phrasing. Fans of stuff like The Lobster Quadrille are going to cream their jeans over this one.”

“Jazz diva Phat Man Dee has released her festive “multicultural holiday album”, Phat Man Dee & Friends “Merry ChristmaChannahKwanzaa Vol 1.1. It features both “original and traditional holiday tunes in Mandee’s native Picksburghese, as well as French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Latin and English”. Phat Man Dee will be performing with Guaracha Latin Dance Band at the Intergalactic Holiday Spectacular, the CD’s science and music-filled release party, at the Buhl Digital Planetarium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Science Center on December 15, 2011 starting at 8 PM .”

“ChristmaChannaKwanzaa is Pittsburgh legend Phat Man Dee's answer to December sectarian strife: Each year, she has a show centered around the catch-all holiday. This time around, she's releasing an EP, Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol. 1.1, so that you can keep the holiday spirit all season long. The CD opens with "Picksburgh Xmas," which posits the Steelers as a unifying holiday theme. ("Rudolph's a yinzer, or maybe yinz ain't been told / When the Steelers are in the playoffs, his nose blows black and gold," she warbles in a Pittsburgh accent.) It's followed up by five more tracks with help from friends like Miguel Sague III, Geña and Tony DePaolis -- spanning numerous languages, styles and denominational boundaries.”

“You may have seen her light up the room at cabaret clubs, in museum lobbies and on opera stages, but have you ever seen local jazz superstar Phat Man Dee perform inside a planetarium? Scratch that: have you ever seen anyone perform in a planetarium? We haven't, and we think this concept is one of the most distinct we've seen yet.”

“Best Jazz/Blues Band or Performer 2nd place :Phat Man Dee”

“Phat Man Dee, the Queen of the South Side, a woman of size whose head, for years now, has been shaved but for a pig tail on each side, a woman who's equally comfortable singing a Maurice Chevalier song in French or chomping on a light bulb.”

“Expressive and passionate, Phat Man Dee's sensual voice pulls you in and takes you away to where the words no longer matter and you float along on pure emotion.”

“Not only were “Andy Stack’s” Geekbird and Phat Man Dee’s “Janet” some of my favorite characters, but their jazzy electronica collaboration during the second act was one of the highlights of the show.”

“Phat Man Dee's 'Torch' songs strike 'blue gold'”