Wayman Tisdale – A Huge One


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!”

But Tisdale was way too busy with his successful jazz career to focus attention on his fonk. Between hosting jazz cruises, headlining tours, and being an active and loving husband and father, there wasn’t much time. One thing changed that: a diagnosis of cancer in 2007. Tisdale could not ignore his alter ego any longer. “He spent the last two years of his life finishing The Fonk Record,” says Allen. “Only he knew, when no one else did, that God was going to call him home. While he was in the hospital getting chemotherapy, he used funk music as therapy. I would send him files to listen to and it was part of the healing process. When he died, he was at peace.

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. Tisdale’s agent described his death as a “great shock” and noted that Tisdale had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. Tisdale and his wife, Regina, had four children.

Wayman Tisdale published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

The Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook


The Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook is a 285-Page Book and Video Course for learning scales, chords, arpeggios, music theory, and fretboard theory. It is designed to work very well in Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Smart Phone, Tablet, and eBook platforms. The book is organized in a 240-lesson format that takes you step by step through the essential elements of guitar playing. Each lesson builds on the next and the book is designed for beginners through advanced /virtuoso guitarists.

The book is FREE on the Amazon Kindle store for a limited time- just 2 days (June 23rd and 24th, 2013). You can get your copy here via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQTTLVE/ref=

This New Edition includes 2 1/2 Hours of Free Streaming Videos! The video lessons cover guitar technique, music theory, guitar licks and solos, how to play scales and arpeggios, Jam Tracks, and developing good practice goals. The following materials (in 1, 2, and 3 Octaves with fingerings and music theory) are covered in the 285 pages of this book: Major Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes Minor Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes, The Blues & Pentatonic Scales, 7th Chords & Arpeggios, Advanced Concepts (for example, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords & Arpeggios), Chromatic Scales & Advanced / Exotic Scales,15 Free Play-Along Videos to improve improvising and musicality You might also find this book useful and fun, if you are a:

•Guitarist (from beginner to professional / advanced level), who would like to improve your technique, creativity, musical vocabulary, and music theory and fretboard understanding.

•Guitar Teacher, who is looking for material to teach your students about chords, scales, arpeggios, music theory, the notes of the guitar neck, fretboard theory, technique, songwriting, and improvising / building guitar solos.

•Songwriter, who would like to expand your creativity and the variety of chords, melodies, and textures in your songs.

•Teacher, who would like to play the guitar in the classroom and improve your technique, creativity, and understanding of the guitar.

•Parent, who would like your children to learn how to play the guitar.

•Musician, who would like to add the guitar to the instruments you know how to play.

The book is available via Steeplechase Arts (http://steeplechasearts.com) on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQTTLVE/ref=.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Jazzy’s


This restaurant has just opened his doors with a special offer:

“Check this out. Every day, from now until we open our doors for business, Jazzy’s will give away a CD to one lucky fan. These CDs will feature several of the great local artists that will perform at Jazzy’s. All you need to do is ‘like’ or ‘share’ our page and you’re automatically entered to win!”

Jayz has a lounge, Diddy had a restaurant / lounge. Now Marcus Mitchell has one! Time to join the ranks! Who’s ready for Jazzy’s?

12500B Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, Maryland 20720

Detroit Jazz Magazine


Do you love jazz? We certainly do. For us, it’s about the music. We have a stellar magazine you want to see.

You can learn about some great artists, read about the owners of some of the greatest venues here in Detroit, and best of all, you can share your opinion about what you read with your friends and family right at the bottom of every article.

Come check us out