The Ivan Variations

When I first put out my solo album, “Ivan in Paris“, back in 1998, the title track was intended to be a total afterthought, buried at track 14; at the time, I had no reason to think it had any future at all. Here’s that original version, played by myself with Tim Dickey on dobro:


An Ivan in Paris Live Two-fer

‚Äč”Ivan in Paris“- the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, recorded by The Valet at an outdoor party thrown by the Perkins Fambly, July 26, 2014.

This song has a somewhat long, strange history. It started life as an extremely minor, tossed-off experiment with an obscure electronic instrument, an Omnichord, that Bruce Maclean loaned me that somehow ended […]

Marching Graciously

Well, the 4th of July parade with the Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band was wonderful, and Andrea Daniels shot it brilliantly, bless ‘er, so here’s the proof … can’t thank everyone -all the players and drivers (esp. Ron n Andrea) and crazy folks on the street -enough!

(ps -I know we just put another version […]

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – “Rich Woman”

“Rich Woman“- The Chandler Travis Philharmonic at a private party in Dennis, MA., May 26, 2012, recorded by Anton “Fred” Jodsworth T. Boak (aka The Valet). Always loved this old song, which I first heard on a fantastic compilation of r’n’b from the old Specialty label called “Creole Kings of New Orleans”. Our version […]

We’re Singing & Swinging This Year

“Maybe This is Our Year / My Blue Heaven” – recorded by The Valet (that’s me!) at Janice & Billy Perkins’ Birthday Hootenanny, July 26, 2014 – Chandler premiered this song in January 2013 during a Cape & Islands Radio interview. Pretty soon after that he began incorporating “My Blue Heaven” into the arrangement, […]

A Happy Summer Two-fer!

Happy Summer, everyone!

We love the Summer season here at Chandler Travis International – it’s the busy time of our year, with regular weekly shows at several venues on the Cape plus a bunch of fun outdoor town shows, as well as a few travels over the bridge. In honor of this hallowed season, we […]

giantfan – Beat Shop with Beat Fest


Tim Reidy is at it again, this time as “giantfan” over at LiveJournal.

We’re getting the feeling that our recent performance at Beat Fest, an outdoor show in front of the River St Beat Shop in Troy, NY, may turn out to be one of our most photographed shows ever. We here at […]

3garcons – Summertime at Beat Shop Block Party


We’d like to thank Tim Reidy at 3garcons for taking some great pix from our recent performance at Beat Fest, a super-fun block party we played at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, NY and posting them on his Tumblr page. Check them all out here.


Tim also created a pretty […]

Nippertown! – LIVE: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Riverlink Park, 7/7/12

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Riverlink Park in Amsterdam made a triumphant rise from the mess Hurricane Irene and the resultant Mohawk River flood made of the site last year. New walkways that circumnavigated the park and its strange, prehistoric monument to the earlier, native populations of the area […]