No video today, just the easiest way for me to post a musical sample of his phenomenal influence on jazz from the Latin perspective. I asked my wife to give me a random year and she picked 1980. So, I started digging and while digging the name Cal Tjader kept repeating in my head from a rhyme I was thinking about, so I thought to look it up today, just out of curiousity, and I found out that he was a musician, a Grammy Award winning artist in fact, in the year 1980. Best Latin Recording “La Onda Va Bein.” How lovely was that find…hmmm, all things fall in place when you just roll with it. His music was sampled many a time by hip hop producers, so Thank you and RIP to Cal Tjader.

This post is also a testament to how powerful Hip Hop can be when used properly, as a tool for education, uplift, inspiration and information. If it weren’t for Pete Rock (of Pete Rock and CL Smooth) I would never had heard of the name Cal Tjader (silent “t”).

“It’s coming soon, so chill and don’t stress the creator/ I’ll kick funk loops from here to Cal Tjader…

From the Pete Rock and CL Smooth song called “In the Flesh,” from an incredible “Main Ingredient” album. I had no idea who Cal Tjader was or what it was, because the quoted lyric makes a reference as if its a location, just to show you how much I knew about Tjader. Anyways, thanks Pete for the inspiration for the Grammy Chase entry.

lyric at the 3:42 mark.


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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