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New York, NY, USA - April 18, 2008 Rhythm Relief introduces a whole new way to show support for Latin-Soul-Jazz percussionist Norman Hedman.  According to Alicia Keys, “Norman Hedman is one of the greatest musicians of all time.”  Today the online auction for Hedman has added an autographed album from Grammy ® Award nominated Eldar Djangirov to its spring auction that takes place on the internet at


The auction runs through midnight on Sunday, April 27 and promises to have a major impact on the arts and music communities.  Rhythm Relief supporters will receive emails about the auction, and can forward those emails to invite an unlimited number of guests to virtually “attend” and take part in the auction.  Members of the public can also participate by going to  Using exciting new software provided by cMarket, Inc., an organization with a focus on serving non-profit organizations, and thanks to the generosity of donors such as 12-time GRAMMY ® winner Alicia Keys, NFL Cornerback #24 Ty Law, legendary jazz drummer Horacee Arnold, Manhattan’s West Bank Café, and leading trombonist Dick Griffin, Rhythm Relief has assembled an exciting catalog of auction items to get people bidding.


Items up for bid include:  Cancun, Mexico 5 days/4 nights Tropical Golf & Spa Escape; Alicia Keys-2 Concert Tickets / Sound-Check Passes, Meet & Greet; Autographed NFL football from Ty Law; Sabian Drum Cymbals played by Legendary Drummer, Alicia Keys “Diary Tour” Jacket; Luxury LimoLiner Round-Trip for Two, Mrs. Fields Brownies; Artistic Expressions; Manhattan Dinner with Legendary Drummer.


“Norman Hedman is one of the most genuine, caring, selfless persons I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing…,” said NFL Cornerback Ty Law.  “At a time when he needs help the most, it’s important for us to demonstrate the same selfless acts of generosity that Norman has shown for decades.  If not now, when?  If not us, who?,” urges 8 Bar Artist Business Manager, Dawn DeBlaze.


“We’re extremely honored that Rhythm Relief has chosen cMarket to help raise money for such an important cause,” said Jon Carson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of cMarket.  “We understand how challenging it is for nonprofits to raise funds solely through live auctions, since such not all of their supporters are able to attend and place bids.  This is a wonderful example of how nonprofit organizations can use technology to reach out to their supporters on a much larger scale, and raise the funds they need to truly make a difference.”


Money raised by the online auction will go towards helping to defray considerable expenses associated with Norman Hedman’s battle against Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).  The online auction kicked-off with the Rhythm Relief concert at the Jazz Standard in New York city on Monday, April 14, 2008.


Everyone is welcome to browse, shop, or simply drop by and sign our guest book to show their support for Rhythm Relief at  Cash and item donations are still being accepted – simply log on to the site and click on the “Donate Now” button.  Users can also contribute to the auction’s success by using the “Tell A Friend” button on the website.


For more information about getting involved, contact Dawn DeBlaze at and 314.766.5299.
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