DAY 120 GRAMMY CHASE: DIZZY AND CHARLIE

A birthday tribute to myself.
1974 – Charlie Parker won a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist. I would have never guessed that Black Jazz was recognized at such an early stage of the Grammy’s.
Regarding the significance of the clip above, Dizzy was also awarded a Grammy, but his was The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. According to Wikipedia, that same year of his Lifetime Grammy, he accomplished an incredible amount of achievements, which I can’t imagine doing even at my young age. WOW! Talk about hustling and going non-stop!!

[1989: Gillespie gave 300 performances in 27 countries, appeared in 100 U.S. cities in 31 states and the District of Columbia, headlined three television specials, performed with two symphonies, and recorded four albums.] WOW

You REALLY have to check out the clip below as well. Thanks to my man Eric Crittenden on hipping me to this jam. But dig how Dizzy emcees and instructs the crowd on their participation. DOPE!!!

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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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