Cancerous cyst isolated to a bone in his leg
Former NBA star, Olympic gold medalist and popular jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale is undergoing treatment to remove a cyst from his fibula according to his manager and record label.
Tisdale suffered a leg injury last month due to a fall in his home. After an extensive battery of tests, it has just been diagnosed that the cause of the injury was a cancerous cyst isolated to a bone in his leg. Tisdale is already on the road to recovery and plans to resume touring in time for his Smooth Jazz Cruise in January 2008. He is also planning a new album, with the appropriate working title "Rebound."
Tisdale comments, "I am so pleased to report that my recovery will be 100%, and that I have been told that I am otherwise cancer-free. To recover properly, I need to curtail my touring and public appearances for a while. What this means is that I will have more free time to devote to my music. I am taking this time to work on a new record and some other very interesting projects."
Tisdale’s latest CD on Rendezvous, "Way Up!," is among the year-to-date's best-selling jazz releases; the project debuted at No.1 on the Soundscan Contemporary Jazz chart; spent 30 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart; and the title track is currently No. 2* on R&R's Smooth Jazz chart.
Tisdale spent 12 years with the NBA, segueing from the gold-winning Olympic team to stints with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. He has released seven solo albums to date. Tisdale was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and received the Legacy Tribute Award in 2002 and was nominated by the NAACP for an Image Award as "Outstanding Jazz Artist" in 2004.
By Carol Archer
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