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Rhythm Relief Features Music Legends
“Concert Benefits Norman Hedman”

"Norman is one of the greatest musicians of all time.  Not only is he supremely talented and educated, but he is one of the kindest people I know by far!  His passion and love for music, art and teaching inspire me endlessly.  We're all lucky to know such a great man!"

- Alicia Keys, 11 time Grammy ® Award winner

“He embodies the qualities I most admire, integrity, honesty and sometimes, very dynamic in expressing his true feelings and opinions.  These things are important to me.  These qualities are the same elements I hear in his music. – Horacee Arnold, Legendary Jazz Drummer

"Norman Hedman is one of the most genuine, caring, selfless persons I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, a true gentleman." - Ty Law, NFL Cornerback #24

What:  Rhythm Relief: A Benefit Concert for Norman Hedman
Produced by 8 Bar Artist Management & the Berman Music Foundation

When:  Monday, April 14, 2008, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Where:  Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Cost:  Tickets available exclusively at for $40 + tax (no service fee)

Info:  Visit or call (212) 576-2232                                                            

Donate:  For gift contributions, a Norman Hedman “Rhythm Relief Gift Fund” has been setup.  PayPal users can donate to the fund online:  Checks can be made payable to “Rhythm Relief Gift Fund,” and sent c/o 8 Bar Artist Management, P.O. Box 536, St. Peters, MO  63376

Media Opportunities:  Interview twenty different experts. Photo opportunities with master musicians at Jazz Standard. Buy press tickets. High-resolution promotional pictures available.

New York, NY, USA - April 1, 2008 Jazz Standard presents a very special star-studded benefit hosted by WBGO’s Rob Crocker on Monday, April 14, 2008. The event honors adored master conguero and percussionist Norman Hedman.  A silent auction will feature a tour jacket from Alicia Keys, autographed football by NFL cornerback #24, Ty Law, cymbals used by Horacee Arnold, abstract art from Dick Griffin, and more.


Why Support Rhythm Relief
The sole purpose of Rhythm Relief is to help defray the considerable medical expenses associated with Norman’s battle against blood cancer.  In January Norman began to rehearse with Alicia Keys for her upcoming world tour. It was during this time that he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).  Join countless other jazz, soul, and R&B fans in support of Norman Hedman.

Featured Musicians

Ron Carter, Joe Locke, Horacee Arnold, Ray Mantilla, Kendra Shank, James “D-Train” Williams, Erika Rose, Frank Kimbrough, Buster Williams, Queen Esther Marrow, Will Calhoun, Andrienne Wilson, T.K. Blue, Rene McLean, Wayne Cobham, Dick Griffin, Steve Kroon, Chembo Corniel, B.D. Lenz, Elliott & Brad Mason, Norman Hedman’s Tropique (Willie Martinez, Misha & Alexei Tsiganov, Roger Byam, Craig Rivers, Mario Rodriguez, Cristian Rivera), and Anthony Evans.   Feature musicians are subject to change.

About Norman Hedman

Master conguero, percussionist, producer and composer Norman Hedman has recorded with artists ranging from the Main Ingredient, Alicia Keys and Daryl Hall to Arthur Blythe, Pat Martino and Bobby Watson. He has been been an MVP touring sideman with the O'Jays, Von Freeman, and Arturo Sandoval while in Chico Freeman's band. He has also opened for Kenny Garrett, Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire. Hedman has led his own group, Norman Hedman's Tropique, in engagements at Jazz Standard, the Bluenote and other top venues. For bio information visit: For video visit: You Tube.


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