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!!!