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Rhythm Relief
“A Benefit Concert for 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

"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)

How:  If you are unable to attend the concert, but wish to make a contribution, please make gift checks payable to Norman Hedman and send to 8 Bar Artist Management, P.O. Box 536, St. Peters, MO 63376

INFO:  Call (212) 576-2232 or visit

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 - March 14, 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.


In January, Hedman 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). Currently, Hedman is undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The event is a support effort to defray the considerable medical expenses in his battle against cancer. A silent auction will be held featuring items donated from Alicia Keys, Ty Law, NFL cornerback #24, and more. Join countless other jazz, soul, and R&B fans in support of Norman Hedman.

Featured Musicians
Ron Carter, Joe Locke, Horacee Arnold, Ray Mantilla, Vic Juris, Kendra Shank, Frank Kimbrough, Buster Williams, T.K. Blue, Queen Esther Marrow, Will Calhoun, Andrienne Wilson, Cuba Gooding, Sr. and the Main Ingredient (George Staley, Sr., Larry D. Moore), Rene McLean, Dick Griffin, Steve Kroon, Chembo Corniel, B.D. Lenz, Ron Buttacavole, Elliott & Brad Mason, and Norman Hedman's Tropique (Willie Martinez, Misha & Alexei Tsiganov, Roger Byam, Craig Rivers, Mario Rodriguez, Cristian Rivera).

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 and other top venues. For bio information visit: For video visit: You Tube.
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