Natalie Cole Headlines Jazz Benefit on Martha's Vineyard

Singer to make appearance to benefit research on kidney disease

Martha's Vineyard will launch premiere a four day Jazz Benefit Concert on the Vine headlined by Natalie Cole. This annual event is created to raise the awareness of kidney disease among African Americans of which Ms. Cole is a recent kidney recipient.

A new discovery by Dr. Karl Skorecki at the Rambam Hospital of Israel has unveiled a medical breakthrough isolating genetic markers linked to contracting kidney diseased, which is a first step toward prevention and cure. There are 12-million African Americans out of 40-millions victims of kidney disease, and out of 580-thousand on dialysis for defective kidneys, and 187-thousand are African Americans.

Dennis Short founder and executive producer of On The Vine states, "I am proud to have this opportunity to produce this jazz benefit that will generate funds for a history making medical breakthrough." Short describes his collaboration with Michele Segelnick, executive director of American Friends of Rambam. "Working with American Friends of Rambam originated On The Vine to generate awareness and funding support for this life saving research discovery." Ms. Segelnick also comments, "We look forward to four days of entertainment from a great line-up of talent kicking off a benefit that will continue yearly as an on going tradition."

Joining Ms. Cole in this August 22 - 25 concert will be Smokey Robinson, Angie Stone, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, comedian Richard Lewis ( a kidney survivor also), Kahil El'Zabar with Miri Ben Ari, and at the Jazz brunch Roy Hargrove and James Carter.

On The Vine in Martha's Vineyard will be a great musical fund raising success for a phenomenal medical research for prevention and curing of kidney disease.

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