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By Jenni Carlson Modified: August 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm •  Published: August 26, 2008
e smooth jazz guitarist made records and toured around the country.

His cancer forced him to cancel 40 or 50 tour dates last year, but around Christmas, he returned to the stage.

Now, he will take off time to recover but expects to return to the road this fall. He has plans to host the "Smooth Jazz Cruise" next January.

"There's a lot more music inside me," he said, "and once I am back on my feet, I look forward to sharing my joy with my fans, friends and fellow musicians."

Tisdale rose to stardom at Tulsa Washington High School, then became a three-time All-American at OU. A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal, the versatile big man spent 12 years in the NBA.

He never suffered a major injury during his basketball career.