JEFF BABKO

keyboardist/ pianist/ studio manager/ producer/ composer/ arranger/ apologetic trombonist

Jeff Babko is:

a) a piano player who also enjoys the wonders of electronical keyboards and synthesizer thingies.

b) a member of the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" house band. (Cleto & The Cletones).

c) a freelance "session guy".

d) longtime touring musical director and pianist for 'funny man' Martin Short.

e) a native of Southern California.

f) a lover of coffee.

g) usually blondish.

apr 5

greetings friends...

another busy month ahead... "check your local listings" for concerts with Steve Martin/Martin Short/The Steep Canyon Rangers and.. me!  this weekend in Sugarland, TX;  Dallas, TX; and Las Vegas, NV!

ZACH DANZIGER & I reform as Sock Belt at the Blue Whale to rescore and revisit the motion picture "classic" SATURN 3 on Thursday April 13th.  musical and visual tweaking and live improvised scoring will happen.

I can be heard on new releases by Daye Jack, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-data/id1208297397 & Cosmosquad  https://squareup.com/store/marmaduke-records/item/the-morbid-tango as well as Nathan East's new one https://www.amazon.com/Reverence-Nathan-East/dp/B01NBAZEVW.

finally, a heartfelt goodbye to our good friend, bassist Doug Lunn.

Doug embodied a restless, searching and relentless spirit of creativity and forward thinking in this town, a town that often focuses on the commerce of music rather than the soul of it.  I had the honor of making music with Doug in various incarnations of Mark Isham's band and treasure the times we shared.

in honor of Doug, we're releasing a live concert of a trio performance with myself, Vinnie Colaiuta and Doug from October of 2015.  it was mixed live and was performed to accompany "Visible Sound" artist "sushness".  all proceeds of this recording will be donated to the Venice Family Clinic, which really helped Doug in his time(s) of need.  we miss you, Doug...

jb

Feb 19

hey everyone...

just finished working on a wonderful record for a very special singer/songwriter from New Hampshire named Brooks Hubbard.  with producer Val McCallum at the helm, the fearless and talented Brooks was joined by myself, pedal steel master Greg Leisz, bassist Bob Glaub, and drummer Pete Thomas.  I cannot wait until the public hears this great young artist and this special record.

also just wrapping up producing my dear friend Celia Chavez new EP, tentatively titled "Dare To Love."  John Paterno is mixing now, and this album of Celia's sweet tunes also features Bob Glaub on bass, Victor Indrizzo on drums and Chris Bruce on guitar.  it's a goodie.

have LOTS of dates coming up around the country w/ Martin Short, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

3/3/2017 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts

3/4/2017 Mt Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino

3/5/2017 Indianapolis, IN Old National Murat Theater

3/15/2017 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Perf Arts

3/16/2017 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Perf Arts

3/17/2017 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center

3/18/2017 Louisville, KY Palace Theater

3/19/2017 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry House

and more after that!!!  stay tuned.  busy year ahead...

jb