May 20, 2009
08:27 PM
Tulsa Sound

Musical celebration of Wayman Tisdale, Thursday night

This Thursday evening at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at the Jazz Depot (First Street and Cincinnati Avenue, Upper Level), there will be a musical celebration of one of Tulsa's favorite sons. While most know of Wayman Tisdale's expoits on the hardwood for the University of Oklahoma and the N.B.A., there are some people that do not know of his accomplishments in music. He loved music almost as much as he loved his family. He made eight jazz albums. His 2001 release "Face to Face" climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. His most recent release, "Rebound", was after his diagnosis with cancer in his knee, and he later had to have part of his right leg amputated. He started the Wayman Tisdale Foundation to assist those in need with amputation recovery. While his fight with cancer and his sudden death have saddened many, his love of his family, friends and his music shall be remembered Thurday evening with performances by Smooth Jazz Superstars, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Tom Braxton, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Kim Waters, Raphael Saadiq, Arthur Thompson, Arlington Jones, Fred Hammonds, Cornell Morell and many, many more. Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wayman Tisdale Foundation. Even if you are unable to make it, please remember the family and friends of Mr. Tisdale in your thoughts and prayers. He was a great man.  

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