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Wayman Tisdale remembered: the man, the NBA player, the musician

Former NBA great and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale was buried yesterday in Tulsa, Okla.

Fans, friends and family members remembered Tisdale, who played 12 seasons in the NBA. After retiring from basketball, Tisdale recorded eight jazz projects, many of which included gospel music. 21 days was his only complete gospel project.

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During the funeral service at the BOK Center, gospel artist Fred Hammond spoke to the thousands in attendance, according to newsok.com.

"For what I came here to do, it's way too quiet in here," Hammond said, and then urged for the music to be turned up louder: "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad."

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Other gospel artists in attendance included Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler.

Tisdale, a jazz bassist, recorded with artists from various genres, including country music's Toby Keith. In remembering Tisdale, who died earlier this month at 44 from bone cancer, many attending yesterday's events spoke of his infectious smile, his humanity and his commitment to music.

Funeral attendees included: jazz artist Dave Koz, former University of Oklahoma teammates and coaches, and former NBA players such as A.C. Green, who played with Tisdale on the Phoenix Suns.

Last night, Koz was among many artists who also held a jazz concert to benefit the Wayman Tisdale Foundation for cancer research.

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