Known as a stellar bass player, Wayman Tisdale’s discography totals eight studio albums. He released his debut 1995 CD "Power Forward” for the Motown subsidiary label MoJazz, which climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and, like all of his future albums, crossed over onto Billboard’s R&B charts. Tisdale’s releases "In the Zone” (1996), "Decisions” (1998) and "Face to Face” (2001) all were top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, with "Face to Face” going to No. 1, as did his 2006 album "Way Up.” In addition to single "Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” Tisdale took singles "Can’t Hide Love” and "Don’t Take Your Love Away” to No. 1 at radio. He also released gospel albums "21 Days” (2003), "Hang Time” (2004) and "Rebound” (2008). His stellar talents earned him honors as the Bassist of the Year during the 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards. Like many musicians, Tisdale followed an industry trend by forming his own production company, Tisway Records, to produce "21 days,” which included contributions from his daughter Danielle and his brother Weldon, who followed their father as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Tulsa, where Tisdale’s family still attends. Tisdale’s musical contributions are noted on the national scene, particularly with his record company. "Wayman’s personality and smile are already missed in the music community,” said Denny Stilwell, president of Mack Avenue Records. "He was an inspiration, a hero. We are all shaken and deeply saddened by his loss and our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and family.” Tisdale is not only missed on the national scene, but in Oklahoma, as well. He performed frequently on the stage in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. Anita Arnold, executive director of Black Liberated Arts Center Inc. in Oklahoma City, said Tisdale’s contributions went way beyond the music landscape. "His contributions certainly fit in with the caliber of Oklahoma jazz greats Jay McShann and Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams,” Arnold said. "He was a great musician and was known in many circles for going beyond the normal boundaries of jazz musicians. He had special relationships with not only Smooth Jazz Oklahoma (CD 103.7), but with notable players such as Dave Koz.” Tisdale received the Legacy Tribute Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2002 and will be inducted into the hall on Nov. 12, 2009. View/sign the guest book
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