Posted on 19 April, 2013
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This page is dedicated to prospective clients who are considering The Travis Wesley Trio for their venue. It contains content that will assist in making your booking decision (sound samples, photographs, review and press release highlights, relevant experience and contact information for booking). Thank you sincerely for your time as we know it is valuable.
Background & Purpose
The Travis Wesley Trio is a modern jazz piano trio. We pride ourselves on maintaining a forward thinking musical philosophy, profound respect for the jazz tradition and a consistent, high-level performance energy suited for respected jazz venues, festivals, radio and private engagements. While the current trio has recently completed their first album (Cycle By Three, 2013), each of its members are seasoned players with considerable experience as working jazz musicians, clinicians and educators.
Travis Wesley is a professional jazz pianist and music educator from Central Illinois. His most recent album, Cycle By Three features a strikingly original set of compositions performed by Wesley’s trio consisting of Toby Curtright on bass and Tom Marko on drums. The album features impressive interplay between the musicians, and infuses many of today’s musical influences. In describing Cycle By Three, Jazz journalist, author and historian, Scott Yanow states: “this colorful and inventive set points the way towards the piano trio of the future.” Yanow also states that Cycle By Three is a “huge step forward” for Wesley’s trio who released an album of selected standards in March of last year. Both albums are currently for sale on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and most other online music retailers.
Wesley is also active as a sideman for numerous musicians throughout the Midwest. In recent years he has worked with Willie Akins, Kevin Hart, Chip McNeil, Jeff Helgesen, Frank Parker and Frieda Lee to name a few. Wesley is a music instructor at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL and maintains a private piano studio. He is an active educator and clinician throughout the Midwest and writes about various topics on jazz and other areas of American music at his blog at www.traviswesleyjazz.com.
Reviews & Press Release Highlights
- “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).
- “Travis’ playing recalls such piano greats as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Erroll Garner and Ahmad Jamal while also speaking in his own creative voice. Matt Hughes and Tom Marko are supportive, swinging and tasteful yet just unpredictable enough to push the pianist to play at his best.” – Scott Yanow referencing Natural Diversion (March, 2012).
- “Postlude, another original from Wesley is a thoughtful bookend to Prelude. The whole album is marvelously produced, with a sustained reflective mood. There are moments of sweet melancholy tinged with the promise of optimism that’s just coming into reach. On Cycle By Three, each track is a standout that holds tight to the thread that joins 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.
- “After first hearing a working copy of Song For Madelynne late last year I knew this was going to be a record that was different. Travis & Toby Curtright have written some wonderfully original music. Together with Tom Marko, this trio is simply amazing. Cycle By Three is a record that I continue to listen to over & over again. I’m sure you will do the same.” – Bill Duncan, Owner/Operator Cedar Hills Sound, Peoria, IL.
- In August, 2013, Travis was interviewed by jazz radio personality, Laura Kennedy about his new trio album, Cycle By Three. Click Here to listen to Laura and Travis talk about the album’s concept and inspiration.