Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Lawrence Tisdale born June 9, 1964 Wayman grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma he was a preacher’s kid, he had two older brothers. Wayman was a professional basketball player in the NBA and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. Wayman’s first love was music where he played bass at his father’s church. When he was in the eighth grade he learned how to dunk he became a great player. His freshman and sophomore year at Tulsa High School he won award for the most points scored in a game his record still stands to this day. Wayman was three times Big Eight Conference Player of the Year and the first collegiate player to be named first team All American by the Associated Press his freshman, sophomore and junior year. Wayman Tisdale was drafted to the NBA as second pick by the Indiana Pacers in 1985; he also played Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns. Wayman Tisdale played in the NBA from 1985 through 1996; he retired in 1997 to focus on his music career. In 1995 Wayman Tisdale came out with his is first album called “Power Forward”. In 2001 “Face to Face” is second album went to No. 1 on Billboards contemporary jazz chart. Wayman’s album “Rebound” was released after his cancer diagnoses in 2007. Wayman Tisdale musical influences were the funk bands of the 1970’s. I had the pleasure to see Wayman Tisdale live at the Oakland Arts & Wine festival he put on a great show; he had the crowd on their feet. When he was done the crowd was shouting more, he was a great musician and showman. Wayman Tisdale has a new album that was released on November 21, 2011 called “The Wayman Tisdale Story”; this album is jazzy, funky and soulful. I really like this album, the songs “Tell It Like It Tis”, “It’s Alright”, “Ready To Hang”, “Let’s Ride”, “Gabrielle”, “Glory Glory” and “Cryin For Me” is my favorites. This album has a little something for the jazz heads and the funksters. You can listen to Wayman Tisdale on Streetwise Radio.

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