7 July 1964, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Travis studied classical music at Manchester University, playing flute, meanwhile playing bass guitar in a rock band that included keyboard player Hugh Nankivell. Graduating with an honours degree, he played tenor saxophone with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Attracting favourable attention throughout the UK, in 1993 he was named Best Newcomer by The Financial Times. The following year, View From The Edge was well received by audiences and critics. Travis was nominated as Rising Star in the 1996 and 1998 British Jazz Awards. In 1994, Travis, who doubles on soprano saxophone, was commissioned to score the Alfred Hitchcock silent film The Lodger (1926), which he and bass player Dave Sturt (together they are Cipher) performed live in September 1996 at a Derby film festival.
In addition to working with his own groups, Travis has played and sometimes recorded with many noted musicians including...