Randy Brecker Helps Fight Cancer with New Release on iTunes

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Pioneers For A Cure Releases 'Ballad of John Henry' Single Ahead of October's 'American Collection', Marking Two Years of Fighting Cancer With Song Downloads. Top Artists Choose Cancer Charities.

This is a very important issue, one to which I hope many people will contribute. We're making inroads, but we have a long way to go to fully eradicate Cancer... Please let's all pitch in!

Pioneers For A Cure is pleased to announce the June 21st iTunes release of the American classic 'Ballad of John Henry' by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. Brecker has selected the National Marrow Donor Program - Be The Match to benefit from proceeds from sales of the single, an advance release for the Pioneers For A Cure 'American Collection' in October 2011.

"It was an honor to be asked to participate in Pioneers for a Cure. Not only did I lose my brother Michael Brecker to MDS/Leukemia, we also lost both of our parents to similar blood cancers. This is a very important issue, one to which I hope many people will contribute. We're making inroads, but we have a long way to go to fully eradicate Cancer," said Brecker.

Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa. In 2007 he was awarded his fourth Grammy for "Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band," (Telarc/BHM) the live recording (also available in DVD format) of his performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest in 2004.

Pioneers For A Cure is the largest showcase of cancer charities on the web. Called '[A] stellar model of artist-driven grassroots philanthropy' by National Geographic, the non-profit project records public domain songs, reinterpreted and made available for donations of as little as $1.99. This treasure trove of over 100 songs has been recorded by dozens of artists from around the world including Suzanne Vega, Ben E. King, Tom Chapin, Tom Verlaine, Matt White and David Broza. Proceeds from song downloads are donated to artist-selected cancer charities such as the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan G. Koman for the Cure.

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