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Star athlete, jazz musician kicks off tour this weekend

By Natasha Mitchell Modified: April 18, 2008 at 7:18 am •  Published: April 18, 2008
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Former NBA star and jazz guitarist Wayman Tisdale kicks off a tour in support of his upcoming release "Rebound” with opening shows today in Tulsa and Sunday in Oklahoma City.

The shows are presented by KOCD-FM 103.7 as part of the radio station's yearlong national jazz artist concert series. "Rebound,” to be released June 3, is Tisdale's eighth album and his third on Rendezvous Entertainment.

Tisdale, who recovered from bone cancer last year, is excited about sharing what music, family, friends and good health means to him. He was diagnosed after he fell down a flight of stairs and broke his leg. He had knee replacement surgery and several months of chemotherapy treatment.

"This experience really showed me what's important in life,” he said thoughtfully in a phone interview. "It's not getting as many houses as I can, not driving the biggest cars. What's important is family and being healthy.”

Tisdale is best known for playing with the University of Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team from 1983-85 and becoming the first player to have his jersey — No. 23 — retired. While he was at OU, he was named to the John Wooden Award All-American team and played on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team which brought home gold medals. In 1986, Tisdale was selected by the Indiana Pacers as the No. 2 overall draft pick, and he played with the Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. He retired in 1997.

His music career, however, started long before he retired from basketball. He released his debut CD "Power Forward” in 1995, and other releases "In the Zone” (1996), "Decisions” (1998), "Face to Face” (2001), "Hang Time” (2004) and "Way Up” (2006) soon followed. He's scored several No. 1 radio hits and topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. Most fans know him well as "ambassador of old school” music.

With all the accomplishments in his life, Tisdale remains humble and cites life experiences as the influence in producing quality music.

"‘Rebound' is a reflection of what has been going on,” he said. "It has been one of those roads, a winding road that I have taken, and I thank God he has kept me and I am still here. Wayman Tisdale's MySpace page

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Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale featuring Wallstreet

Tulsa
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. today

Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E First St. — Upper Level (1st and Cincinnati), Tulsa

Tickets: $35 reserved and $50 for VIP. Available online at www.exposquare.com, by phone at (918) 376-6000 or at the Expo ticket office in the southwest corner of the Expo Pavilion.

Information: (918) 376-6000

Oklahoma City
When: 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California

Tickets: $35 reserved and $50 for VIP. Available at www.okc tickets.com or at any of the OKC Ticket outlet locations.

Information: 236-4143

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