Travis Sullivan is an alto saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger that has been hailed by Jazz Times Magazine as “…a gifted alto saxophonist and improviser who has also developed a strong and commanding voice as a composer.” Sullivan’s current projects reflect his wide range of interests as a musician. He interprets the music of the great alto saxophonists of the bebop era in Altoism: The Masters of Alto Sax; SnapDragon, plays avant garde jazz with drummer Bob Meyer in SnapDragon; and explores the music of the pop/prog rock band Genesis in his band Squonk.
In 2004, his breakthrough came in the form of Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, an 18-piece big band performing his arrangements of the renowned music of Icelandic pop goddess Bjork. The Bjorkestra has performed worldwide at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. The Bjorkestra’s studio release, “Enjoy!” was produced by Grammy award- winning producer Jason Miles. Their follow up live album “I Go Humble,” was recorded at NYC’s Jazz Standard.
Sullivan presented an eclectic set of his music for his 2011 CD release “New Directions,” on Posi-Tone Records. Eight original compositions are featured, along with Rodgers & Hart’s “Spring is Here,” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. On Sullivan’s 1999 debut album, his inventive original music for jazz quartet was featured in his 1999 debut release “As We Speak.”
Travis has also performed and/or recorded with Ari Honig, Rez Abbasi, Phil Woods, Ambrose Akinmusire, George Garzone, Dan Weiss, Clarence Penn, Rachel Z, Avishai Cohen, Anat Cohen, Nir Felder, Donny McCaslin, Becca Stevens, Alan Ferber, Jane Monheit, Clark Terry, Jason Miles, and Lukas Ligeti. He has performed in the U.S. at The Blue Note, Iridium, The Jazz Standard, and Joe’s Pub. He has also appeared internationally at The Jarasum Jazz Festival (South Korea), Aperitivo in Concerto (Italy), and as conductor for the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (Germany), the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra (Italy), the Reykjavik Big Band (Iceland), and the Bohuslan Big Band (Sweden).