Travis Wesley

Pianist, Recording Artist, Recording Engineer, Composer, Educator & Musicologist

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Posted on 23 June, 2015

A Note From Travis:  Hey all!  Many have been asking where I will be playing next, and the answer to that for now, is I don’t know! I had a productive summer, full of gigs with some great players however, have taken a bit of time off the gig circuit to work on my textbook for Kendall Hunt.  I recently returned from a spiritual trip down in the Mississippi Delta.  My cousin and I stayed in an old sharecropper’s shack on a working cotton and bean plantation that was situated along the Tallahatchie River in Greenwood and about a half mile from Robert Johnson’s true burial site. We also spent some time in Clarksdale, MS visiting the old Juke Joint, “Red’s” and Muddy Waters cabin inside the Delta Blues Museum.  Our adventure took us well off the beaten tourist blues path though and yielded some 7-8 hours or more of audio and video interviews.  We had the absolute pleasure of interviewing drummer and blues/rock legend “The Amazing” Jimmy Mays, Dr. Alphonso Sanders (Chair of Fine Arts at Mississippi Valley State University and Director of The B.B. King Recording Studio), Blues man Ben Payton, historian, Sylvester Hoover and Blues expert, Bruce Conforth.  I plan on heading down again soon and can’t wait to tell our story.  We were very fortunate to have gathered the research that we did.  Nonetheless, I’m still practicing!! I’ve also accepted the jazz piano position at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, which will begin on September 11th.  So, I am officially doing what academics call the “adjunct circuit.”  I teach Jazz, Blues and Rock history at Heartland Community College, the new position at Knox College and maintain a home studio where I teach a couple of students per semester.  So, please continue to check back.  I will keep my endeavors updated here!

 

THE TRAVIS WESLEY TRIO, CYCLE BY THREE AUGUST, 2013 RELEASE

 

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THE TRAVIS WESLEY TRIO, NATURAL DIVERSION, MARCH, 2012 RELEASE

 

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CYCLE BY THREE, BY THE TRAVIS WESLEY TRIO IS NOW ON PANDORA RADIO! 

 

The Travis Wesley Trio’s recent release, Cycle By Three is officially on Pandora Radio.  We’re humbled that the album has been deemed worthy enough to be played amongst some of the world’s most innovative artists.  Thanks to Pandora and their curation team for making this happen!  You can now create a “The Travis Wesley Trio” station to hear a radio station based off of our music.  Please check out the trio’s station HERE.

 

 

 

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