Music Director, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals, Writer, Arranger, Producer & Engineer
Traviso has toured with such popular recording artists as Bill Withers, Johnny Kemp, The Force MD’s, LaToya Jackson, The Manhattans, Blue Magic, Ray Goodman & Brown, Adeva, Cindy Mizelle, BT Express, Gerald LeVert & Melba Moore. He has also performed extensively throughout Europe and Japan. In 1990, he had several Grammy nominations for his songwriting and production contributions to Yvonne Roome’s “QUIET NIGHTS” album. This jazz project featured Toots Theilmans, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Horace Alexander Young III and a host of N.Y.’s hottest musicians. His single, “ARE YOU REALLY REAL?” (The Force MD’s) appeared in Matty Rich’s “Straight Out Of Brooklyn” feature film.
He was the Musical Director & arranger for the Isaac Hayes Tribute to Soul since it’s inception in 1997. This star-studded gala annual event features world-class entertainers performing Isaac Hayes’ songs in a benefit concert for The World Literacy Campaign. The featured artists included Dionne Warwick, Tommy Davidson, Phyllicia Rashad, Mark Curry, Sam Moore, Betty Wright, Denise Williams, Dougie Doug, Jean Carn, Freda Payne, Martha Wash, Miss Jones, Stephanie Mills, Chuck Jackson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Mary Wilson and of course Isaac Hayes, himself. Isaac brought him onboard as MD for his cooking show pilot , “Groove Kitchen”on VH1.
He received Gold & platinum awards for his songwriting/production contribution to the Busta Rhymes’ album “THE COMING”. He has written, produced & performed work on Flipmode’s Rampage CD. He wrote & produced the theme song, “KISSING YOU WITH OUR CLASSIC LOVE”, for 98.7 KISS FM. His jingle features over thirty of classic soul & today’s R&B’s finest recording artists (i.e. George Benson, Zhane, Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, and Gladys Knight). From January ’97 until September of ‘99, his commercial aired at least 24 times a day. With that kind of airplay and roster of recording artists, he is one of the most heard & recorded producer/songwriters in N.Y.
Due to the success and demand generated by the “Kissing You” jingle, Traviso launched his own jingle house, SOUL’D OUT PROMOS. The company expanded into a service that ‘Designs Radio Station’s Promo Sound’. SOUL’D OUT PROMOS designed numerous station ID’s across the nation. Station by station, across the nation his work is being heard daily. His theme song for The Donnie Simpson Show on 95.5 WPGC has run 5 days a week for the past 9 years.
From 1995 to 2001 Traviso managed, taught and engineered at Soundtrack Recording Studios, an eleven-studio multi-format facility in midtown Manhattan. Soundtrack’s clients include the Wallflowers, Mariah Carey, Howard Stern, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, LSG, Jodeci, Silverchair, NY Undercover, and the soundtrack to the feature film, “SLINGBLADE”.
Keeping God preeminent in his life is paramount. Therefore, he has been blessed to serve his church and community via a monthly Gospel Showcase, SPIRIT ALIVE, that he directs for the Congregational Church of South Hempstead. The showcase features local talent, big name talent, dancers, instrumentalists, rappers, singers, choirs, steppers, poets and dramatizations. His band, HIZ OWN, which by the way is the same band used for the Isaac Hayes shows provides the music.
In 2006 Travis toured South Africa with Eddie & Gerald Levert, and then again with Will Downing. Will Downing’s Christmas Soul Tour coupled Travis with Norman Brown and Gerald Albright. One of the major highlights of ’06 was getting the call to be Melba Moore’s Musical Director. The end of ’06 saw the untimely passing of Gerald Levert and the illness of Will Downing, two dear friends and two major bosses.
In 2007 Norman Brown called Traviso to LA to play keys full time. From then until now Traviso has been a mainstay in the LA Smooth jazz scene on keys and bass. Via Norman Brown’s Summer Storm, Traviso added Jeff Lorber, Peobo Bryson, Chante Moore, Brenda Russell, Patti Austin, Eric Darius, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Alex Bugnon, Phil Perry, Jessy J, & Gail Jhonson to his artist roster.