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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Lawrence Tisdale was a jazz bass guitarist and professional basketball player in the NBA. Tisdale was born in Fort Worth, Texas on June 9, 1964. He was one of the most heavily-recruited basketball players in the country. While at the University of Oklahoma from 1982 to 1985, he was a three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year. The Indiana Pacers made Tisdale the second overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Tisdale launched his music career with “Power Forward” in...

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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Aug 30, 2012

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

Aug 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

Juan-Carlos Formell On JazzSet

Aug 16, 2012

Juan-Carlos Formell participated in a multi-artist showcase at SOB's — home to Brazilian and Latin music in New York — a few years ago. Between a couple of amped-up bands, he took the stage alone (as I recall) and sang in Spanish, accompanying himself on guitar. His voice had urgency to it, and there was an irresistible engine inside that guitar. Ever since, I've wanted to hear and know more.

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