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Wayman Tisdale

If there’s one thing NBA star-turned-musical giant Wayman Tisdale learned from his former career, it’s that there’s no substitute for hard work. Emerging as one of the most consistent and admired players during his 12 years in the league--segueing from the gold-winning Olympic team to stints with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns--his towering frame, exceptional strength and relentless work ethic made him one of the game’s most dominating power forwards. Tisdale still lives and breathes this work ethic as a musician. True to character, he is a trailblazer in the field of music with his unique use of the bass as a melodic lead instrument. It’s this single-minded drive that propels the bassist forward while crafting what he considers his most ambitious and mature CD to date, Way Up, and he hopes to take listeners way up with him


Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...


Jonathan Butler at Yoshi's

Read "Jonathan Butler at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Jonathan ButlerYoshi'sOakland, CAOctober 27, 2016 Serious Bay Area fans braved heavily snarled traffic on this rainy dark Thursday night for the second set of renowned South African guitarist Jonathan Butler. Now living in warm Southern California, Butler and his potent band flew in the same day for a two night stand ...


Julian Vaughn: Breakthough

Read "Breakthough" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Within the first 30 seconds of the stomping “On Your Feet," the lead-off track on Breakthrough, it's hard not to think, “Darned if this guy doesn't sound just like Wayman Tisdale." Hopefully Julian Vaughn will take the comparison as a compliment because his “lead bass" playing style is eerily reminiscent of Tisdale, who passed away in ...


Oasis Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards Announced

Oasis Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards Announced

Keyboardist George Duke will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards in San Diego. Posthumous awards will also be handed out to Saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. and Bassist Wayman Tisdale for its Hall of Fame. A multi-talented musician, Duke has worked with numerous acclaimed artists, spanning numerous genres as a ...


Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz - "Last of the Summer Jam"

Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz - "Last of the Summer Jam" Presents: Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is absolutely free, completely legal, fun for the whole family, and available to listen to anytime, anywhere, ad infinitum, right here: This may be a bit late for your Labor Day pool or BBQ ...


Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival to Donate Proceeds to Wayman Tisdale Foundation

Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival to Donate Proceeds to Wayman Tisdale Foundation

The 12th annual Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival (KMJF) at West Bends Riverside Park Friday, September 11 - Saturday, September 12, features more than international musicians, cuisine, and artwork. This year's festival will feature two priceless smooth jazz collectibles for sale, with their proceeds and a to-be-determined amount of the festivals proceeds, to benefit the Wayman Tisdale ...


Wayman Tisdale, NBA Star & Smooth Jazz Artist Dies

Wayman Tisdale, NBA Star & Smooth Jazz Artist Dies

Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Tisdale died Friday morning at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, hospital spokeswoman Joy McGill said. Tisdale learned of a cancerous cyst below his right knee after breaking his leg in a ...


Bassist Wayman Tisdale Dies at 44

Bassist Wayman Tisdale Dies at 44

By Andrew Lienhard Smooth jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale lost his two-year battle to cancer early this morning at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 44. The celebrated musician was also a well-known NBA Power Forward who played for the Phoenix Suns until his retirement in 1997. In his twelve-year NBA career, Tisdale scored more than ...


Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

The Neville Brothers, Sharon Jones and the Dap- Kings, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Kenny G are among the performers slated to appear at the 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to the Neville Brothers and Sharon Jones, Saturday's lineup will feature a 50th anniversary salute to Miles Davis' ...


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