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Jeff Babko

“The bond between Tim Lefebvre, Mark Guiliana and I is palpable within the grooves of this disc. To the casual listener and avid music participant alike, the music heard on this record should reflect the magic that happens in a “real time” moment with little prejudice, expectation or direction.”

- Jeff Babko (piano/keyboards)

Pianist/keyboardist Jeff Babko is a native of Southern California, and has remained on the west coast throughout his career.  Babko constantly balances many musical and professional hats, as an in-demand recording musician and touring keyboardist. Babko’s credits span from tours with James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Toto and Robben Ford to being music director for Martin Short & Steve Martin and being in the house band for ABC TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for 21 years.  He’s featured on movie scores “Superbad”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Encanto”, including the #1 “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”  Babko’s albums include 2012’s critically acclaimed “Crux” for Tonequake Records, featuring Mark Isham, Tim Lefebvre and Matt Chamberlain, and “El Musico” (2019).  His 2007 release “Mondo Trio” w/ Jeff Coffin and Vinnie Colaiuta is considered a classic “drum fusion” record.  The collective supergroup “Band Of Other Brothers” with Will Lee, Dave Matthews Band’s Jeff Coffin, Nir Felder and Steely Dan’s Keith Carlock headlined the Iridium in NYC and toured the US in 2023. If you listen to public radio, you may have heard Jeff as a regular band member on LIVE FROM HERE, with host, mandolin superhuman Chris Thile, throughout the 2018/19 season.

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