Posted on 16 April, 2013
News & Upcoming Events
UPCOMING ALBUM WITH JAZZ GUITARIST, DR. CHRIS BEYT.
I’m very excited to have been asked to play on guitarist, Chris Beyt’s upcoming album, 120. It will feature Chris on guitar, Mike Fenoglio on alto saxophone, Mikel Combs on bass and Matt Endres on drums and me on piano! Chris has put together a video for a fundraising campaign with IndieGogo, You can access a short video with Chris explaining the purpose of the project, which not only involves trying to document good music, but to help underprivileged and underfunded schools throughout the Midwest. The recording is scheduled to take place this winter, shortly after the IndieGogo campaign. Chris’ compositions and his playing are remarkable. Stay tuned for more updates on this project. You can visit his website here: CHRIS’ WEBSITE , the IndieGogo feature here, and the youtube video below.
THE TRAVIS WESLEY TRIO’S CYCLE BY THREE IS THE FEATURED ALBUM ON THE JAZZ NETWORK WORLDWIDE 9/29-10/12.
The trio is very excited that Cycle By Three has been Featured on The Jazz Network Worldwide from 9/29/14 - 10/12/14. We’re humbled to be featured amongst artists such as Al Jarreau, Nick Smith, Gerald Albright, Miss Sharon Marie Cline, Mike Longo, Harvey Mason and Ellen Doty on JNWWs homepage. This feature also prompted a press release that went out to over 3,000 news outlets. Out of those, over 250 news outlets picked up the release nationwide. In honor of this exposure, I have lowered the cost of my album (both downloadable and physical copies) on CDBaby. We have plenty of stock there, and your support would be most sincerely appreciated. A special “shout out” to Jaijai Jackson for considering our album, and for her hard work in getting the feature up and running on The Jazz Network Worldwide.com, for her album review and for assisting with a new, nationwide press release for the album!
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. Many already have Pandora, but in case you don’t know, it’s free and comes with a great app for iPhone & Droid phones. Just check out their website.
RECENT PERFORMANCE @ THE IRON POST IN URBANA, IL: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 7-10pm
It was great to be a part of jazz guitarist, Chris Beyt’s upcoming album featuring Mikel Combs on bass, Matt Endres on drums, Michael Fenoglio on the alto saxophone, Chris Beyt on guitar, along with me on piano at the Iron Post in Urbana, IL. at 120 S. Race St. in Urbana, IL. We mainly played Chris’ compositions along with a few standards. I really missed playing with these guys as I went through the doctoral program with most of the group from 2010-2012. Chris recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois. He also completed his Master’s at the University of North Texas. I’m very excited about playing his music. HERE is Chris’ website. Please check back often for updates on his album as we will likely be recording in the November – December, 2014 timeframe. Below is a photo taken by my cousin, Stewart of Chris and I on the gig at the “Post.” Please stay tuned!
INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KENNEDY 89.1FM WGLT AIRED AUGUST 23rd, 2013
In March, 2012 Travis was interviewed by jazz radio personality Laura Kennedy (WGLT 89.1 fm) on his new album release, Cycle By Three. This short segment features a Q & A session between Travis and Laura along with selected tracks from the album.
THE TRAVIS WESLEY TRIO, CYCLE BY THREE (AUGUST, 2013 RELEASE)
“While Travis Welsey’s playing on 2012′s Natural Diversion showed his roots, Cycle By Three displays his individuality and creativity. This colorful and inventive set points the way towards the piano trio of the future.” - Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76 (July, 2013).
“On Cycle By Three, each track is a standout that holds tight to the thread that join the songs together. The superb empathy between these players pulls you in from the start and will stay with you long after.” - Laura Kennedy, Jazz journalist and radio personality, WGLT Radio 89.1FM.
NATURAL DIVERSION (MARCH, 2012 RELEASE)
“A fixture in the Midwest where his trio appears regularly, pianist Travis Wesley is heard at his best on his new CD, Natural Diversion. Teamed with bassist Matt Hughes and drummer Tom Marko, the pianist displays what he learned from studying and enjoying the music of such straight ahead greats as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Erroll Garner and Ahmad Jamal, yet infuses the performances with his own musical personality, building upon their innovations rather than merely recreating ideas from the past.” - Scott Yanow