June 9, 1964 – May 15, 2009
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale was an American professional basketball player in the NBA and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma, he was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, his father, Louis Tisdale, was a well-known pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving for 21 years as senior pastor of Friendship Church. Throughout his youth, continuing through his college basketball career, he played bass guitar at his father's church. Tisdale called music his "first love". Music and church were so important to Tisdale, who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa.
Following an outstanding basketball career, Tisdale launched his music career with Power Forward in 1995 on the Motown Label. Primarily a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001 release Face to Face climbing to No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. Others albums were: In the Zone, 1996; Decisions, 1998; Presents 21 Days, 2003; Hang Time, 2004; and Way Up! 2006. His most recent release, Rebound, (2008) was written and released after he had been diagnosed with bone cancer.
Wayman met his future wife Regina, in April 1981 at church. To that union, four children were born.
Tisdale died on the morning of May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where his wife had taken him when he had trouble breathing. He had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. In June 2009 the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa announced that its new specialty health clinic in north Tulsa would be named in Tisdale's honor.
- Power Forward (1995)
- In The Zone (1996)
- Decisions (1998)
- Face to Face (2001)
- Presents 21 Days (2003)
- Hang Time (2004)
- Way Up! (2006)
- Rebound (2008)
- "Fonk Record: Featuring Tiz & Fonkie Planetarians" (2010)