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.

merry christmas!!

wow... was my last post really APRIL 5th???

ok so... on this Christmas Day... I have so much to be thankful for!  my little family here in the valley who makes this all possible...!!!

this year I circled around the US with James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt and had the chance to play Fenway in Boston and Wrigley in Chicago among other incredible legendary venues across this great land.  it's easy to forget in this climate (political AND nature's!!), but this country has so many great folks and cities... so lucky to get to play piano and watch audience members react to James' impassioned delivery of his timeless songs... tears of joy and reflection... what an honor to get to play piano and have any part in making people feel and process things they need to, through music.  James is an incredible guy-- and to watch Bonnie every night was a lesson in musicality and command. 

another year at Jimmy Kimmel Live-- we're at 15 years now!!  getting to help Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Bono on an arrangement of "One For My Baby" with strings was surreal, and so many other highlights... not to mention Jimmy delivering some game changing monologues!  and a trip to NY...

also another year of touring with the "Steve Martin/Martin Short 'See Them Before They're Dead" tour, along with the Steep Canyon Rangers.  prepping for a Netflix special coming up this February.. and so many fun cities and shows. 

just returned from Japan with Steve Lukather and Nerve Bundle-- our first show outside of North Hollywood!!!  thanks to the Bottom Line and Billboard Live clubs-- always treating us American musicians with such respect and kindness.  we'll be back!!

lots of love this holiday season.  check the other pages on my site for new updates.. photos, records, tv, etc.  thankful to be working in the amazing and unpredictable world of music for one more year!!

jb

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