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Kirk Whalum to Headline Benefit to Relieve Poverty, Hunger & Disease in Developing World

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum will headline a benefit dinner concert at Lincoln Center this Thursday for Millennium Promise and Malaria No More, two leading philanthropic organizations. The event, which honors philanthropist Raymond G. Chambers, News Corp. President and COO Peter Chernin, global economist Jeffrey D. Sachs and financier and benefactor George Soros, will be held at the Tent at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM, preceded by a 6:30 reception. Other artists slated to perform alongside Whalum include Japanese pianist Tanaka, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle, Nigerian Afro-pop fusion artist Wunmi and jazz guitarist Jeff Golub.

Millennium Promise has partnered with Koch Records to produce Promises Made, a CD featuring Whalum, Tanaka, vocal ensemble Take 6 and veteran producer George Duke, among others. Whalum and company will debut three selections from the forthcoming disc at the benefit dinner. The CD is scheduled for release in September and proceeds will be funneled to Africans in need of essential survival tools.

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