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) the piano fella on the Steve Martin/Martin Short Netflix special

e) a native of Southern California.

f) a lover of coffee.

g) the studio runner of TudorTones


back from a fam vacay in Europe… getting ready for another slew of shows with Steve Martin/Martin Short— are we coming to your town?

7/12/2019 Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Cente

.7/13/2019 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center

7/14/2019 Vail, CO Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

.7/16/2019 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

7/19/2019 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Grand Theatre

7/20/2019 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater

.7/21/2019 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino


EL MUSICO on vinyl is in select stores across the country, including Homer’s in Omaha, Pinwheel in Chicago and about 20 more nationally. ask your local record store if they’re carrying “El Musico” and if they’re not, tell ‘em to!

got the chance to visit the masters of mastering and the ones responsible for making “El Musico” sounds as “meaty” as it does… the brilliant Caspar at Gearbox in London. after visiting I’m CONVINCED it’s the most incredible mastering house I’ve ever experienced. if any of you are making a record, check these guys out- their gear is vintage and LEGIT and super clean and the guys working there are dedicated pros to say the least.

I can’t go without saying what a tremendous job the great Justin Stanley did recording most of “El Musico” and mixing the whole record. his instincts are bananas and the sounds he gets INSTANTLY are mind blowing. he’s also just recorded and mixed Dan Rosenboom’s upcoming record, which is bonkers (and which I co-produced). his studio in North Hollywood is a wonderland and he is a special cat with a special set of ears.

look for deets regarding a residency at The Record Parlour Aug-Sept. the plan is to mash up two unrelated albums and play them live— called MOLTEN WAX MONDAZE. will post the details soon.

also— played piano on the new #1 TOY STORY 4 score for Randy Newman. was an absolute thrill.

peace out for now.


EL MUSICO is in the world!


Justin Stanley did a beautiful job recording much of this record (I recorded the rest here at TudorTones) with the brilliant Abe Rounds delicately pounding the skins, Kaveh Rastegar on the basses, Tim Young on guitar, Artyom Manukyan on occasional cello and myself. Another revelation this time around was the (pun intended) “masterful” job of Caspar Sutton Jones from Gearbox Records UK who indeed mastered the records, with Gearbox pressing the vinyl, which is incredibly high quality and gorgeous.

This record was the culmination of a year of writing new songs for gigs at ETA coupled with a lot of studio twiddling at TudorTones. I did not intend on making a new record, but it seemed really organic to have this music just flow out naturally, and after some time opened up at Justin’s studio and I met Caspar, it seemed this music of 2018 was cooked and ready to get out into the world. I hope you can give it a listen and enjoy. Let me know what you think!