Norman, OK — Led by saxophonist and Wayman Tisdale’s music director, Tom Braxton, A Tribute to Wayman Tisdale honors this Sooner legend, Friday, November 4, 2011, at 8 p.m. at The Sooner Theatre.


This special evening of music features the smooth jazz sounds Tisdale was known for following his stellar University of Oklahoma college and NBA basketball careers. Braxton and band members honor the memory of the late, great Wayman Tisdale with special guest artists and friends.


Saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton understands his purpose on earth is to create music that touches our hearts.  That's why Jazz Review calls Braxton, ". . . one of smooth jazz's most prolific saxophonists . . . with all the required tools to become a major force."  A seasoned performer, who knows how to charm audiences of all ages, Braxton has his own distinctive and recognizable sound which incorporates elements of Jazz, Latin, Funk and R&B and leaves listeners spellbound, filled with a sense of joy as his music swirls through your soul.


His first act of business was to join forces with keyboardist and producer Bernard Wright to release his solo debut album, "Your Move."  "The highlight of my first release was having the opportunity to record a duet with long-time friend Kirk Whalum on the song 'Peacemaker.'"  Bernard Wright not only produced Braxton's first CD, but also was instrumental in connecting him to a gifted musician/producer who would elevate Tom to the national touring circuit, Wayman Tisdale.  "I have to credit Bernard Wright with getting me the gig with Wayman.  I flew to Sacramento and played with Wayman where we opened a concert for the Yellowjackets.  I'll never forget it . . . it was 1992!!"  Tom then toured extensively with Wayman Tisdale for 17 years, serving as Musical Director for 10 of those years.  Wayman was quoted saying, "When I'm on the road, Tom is the saxophonist I want to have with me.  I love that sweet sound he gets on the horn."


Tom Braxton: A Tribute to Wayman Tisdale is created and produced by Rainbow Entertainment.


Tickets are available in three different levels: Star Circle, $40; Main Floor and Premiere Balcony, $35; and Balcony, $30.


The Main Event series is made possible in part by the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support for the Main Event Concert Series is provided by Republic Bank & Trust.

More information about these and other Sooner Theatre programs is available at or by calling (405) 321-9600.



Contact: Nancy Coggins,APR

405-321-9600 x103 OR 405-760-9053