PEACE & GREETINGS;
GOOD SUNDAY NIGHT!!!
Former NBA ALL-STAR/Bass Guitarist/Composer/Bandleader/Recording Artist WAYMAN TISDALE (JUNE 9, 1964 - MAY 15, 2009) was born this day in 1964, and today would celebrate his 49th Birthday.
WAYMAN TISDALE was born in FORT WORTH, TX, and raised in TULSA, OK. The son of a minister, he still embraces his Bible Belt roots which have shaped his strongly faith-based life.
He first fell in love with his chosen instrument while watching the bass players in his hometown church, led by his father, the late Rev. LOUIS TISDALE.
WAYMAN TISDALE said;
“I thought they were the coolest cats. They got to stand and do their thing in the back. I’d watch their fingering and how they played.” He said one day, his father bought a MICKEY MOUSE Guitar for WAYMAN and each of his two brothers. Although his brothers quickly turned them into paddles and baseball bats, Wayman immediately began teaching himself how to play.WAYMAN TISDALE said;
“It’s the greatest gift my dad ever gave me.”Before he retired after the 1997 NBA Season, he had already made the transition toward a career in music. In 1995 he released his debut CD, appropriately titled POWER FORWARD, which went to No. 4 on the BILLBOARD Contemporary Jazz Chart and, like all of his music, crossed over into the R&B charts.
His subsequent albums IN THE ZONE, DECISIONS, and FACE To FACE all landed in the BILLBOARD TOP 10.
In addition to his solo career, WAYMAN has played on CDs by some of the most popular musicians in CONTEMPORARY JAZZ, including DAVID SANBORN, BRIAN CULBERTSON, EVERETTE HARP, and MAXIMUM GROOVES.
WAYMAN also found time to develop future musical stars through his company, TISWAY PRODUCTIONS. In 2002 he was inducted into the OKLAHOMA JAZZ HALL Of FAME, with the LEGACY TRIBUTE AWARD.
March 2007, WAYMAN underwent treatment for cancer in his knee, which was discovered after he fell down a flight of stairs in his home on February 8, and broke his leg. He and Regina agreed not to tell their children about his diagnosis until the fall of that year, when the entire family was together. However, the first round of chemotherapy was unsuccessful, leading to a second round.
August 2008, WAYMAN had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. On his web site, Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return. In a video message at halftime of a September 28 Sooners' football game, Tisdale affirmed he was doing well and that he was at peace following the operation.
WAYMAN LAWRENCE TISDALE passed away suddenly on the morning of MAY 15, 2009.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYMAN TISDALE SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ At NIGHT!!!
PEACE & BLESSINGS;