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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
I am encouraged by this CD, and the great musicians who have collaborated with me. This gives me the chance to show people I have made it, and you can make it, too.”

One notable collaboration Tisdale did on "Rebound” was with fellow Oklahoma native and friend Toby Keith, who offers an interesting perspective to the Barry White classic tune, "Never Gonna Give You Up,” and longtime friend gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who delivers a stirring track titled "Grateful.”

"I got this call from Toby, and he says, ‘I got the song we need to redo: ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,'” Tisdale said. "We got to the studio, and Toby started singing. My mouth fell wide-open. We were just blown away. I could not believe what I was hearing! It was great. This guy can sing.”

Tisdale said fans can listen to the track on his MySpace page.

Tulsa-based R&B band Wallstreet will be the opening act for Tisdale. The band was recently selected as the winner of Wayman's Challenge, a six-week "battle of the bands” competition held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The "American Idol”-like competition, which started in March, started with seven bands and came down to three finalists — bluegrass band Rockin' Acoustic Circus, jazz saxophonist Eldredge Jackson and Listening Pleasures and Wallstreet.

Television viewers tuned in to the competition each week on KOKI 23, the Fox station in Tulsa, and more than 35,000 votes were cast online which determined the winner. Wallstreet will not only open for Tisdale this weekend, but the band also will perform with him on the 2009 Smooth Jazz cruise in January.

"What really drove it home was the versatility,” he said on choosing Wallstreet. "When you're traveling with us, you have to be able to have a variety of music. Those guys did everything they were supposed to do. It will be a great show.”

Wayman Tisdale's MySpace page

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale featuring Wallstreet

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, 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 or at any of the OKC Ticket outlet locations.

Information: 236-4143


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