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Wayman Tisdale – The Fonk Record

Wayman Tisdale was the gentle giant. Known as an American professional basketball player in the NBA, his popularity grew even more during his time as smooth jazz bass player. He launched his music career with the album Power Forward (1995), followed by In The Zone (1996), Decisions (1998), Face to Face (2001), Presents 21 Days (2003), Hang Time (2004), Way Up! (2006), and Rebound (2008).

I shared some of his worthy time during Warren Hill’s Smooth Jazz Cruise 2005, where he offered his fans the opportunity to drop some sinkers with him. His part of the show was a special highlight. He exploded on his funky bass solo. While he was releasing smooth jazz albums, everybody knew his real passion. Wayman’s funky party.

After the diagnosis of cancer in 2007 Wayman continued his life hosting jazz cruises, headlining tours, and being an active and loving husband and father. Nothing gonna stop us now was his motto. But only Wayman knew, when no one else did, that God was going to call him home.

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Wayman Tisdale – The Fonk Record

After a stellar career that produced eight top-selling jazz CDs and one gospel project, prepare yourself for a different side of Wayman Tisdale—one that was 12 years in the making!

It’s The Fonk Record featuring 11 original songs, Tisdale’s own funky vocals and a crew of down-and-dirty musicians, The Fonk Record also boasts three guest stars with extensive funk résumés—George Clinton, George Duke and Ali Woodson.

To those who knew him best, it seemed only natural that Tisdale would craft a funk project. “He always wanted to make funk music,” says Derek (DOA) Allen, who produced The Fonk Record and was one of Tisdale’s closest friends. “People are going to see a whole ‘nother side of Wayman on this record—he was on a mission to play as hard and funky as he could.”

Tisdale confided in Allen that a funk project was something he always wanted to do. At first it was a playful joke with a few demos here and there. Inspired by great funk artists like Bootsy Collins and Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, Tisdale created his own funky moniker: Tiz and named his band The Fonkie Planetarians. His power source came from Stinky the Sock! Those who were lucky enough to catch Tisdale in concert got a glimpse of his alter ego when he’d perform 20 to 30-minute funk-filled interludes during his jazz shows. “If you saw it, you knew it was the most explosive part of his show,” Allen says. “That’s when the party got started!” Continue reading