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Sounds Visual Radio
Episode 71: Jeff Babko

Jeff Babko’s varied musical interests have influenced his diverse endeavors over the years. From fulfilling his duties as keyboardist and arranger at ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” to his innovative orginal groups and supporting work for many recording artists, as well as extensive work in TV and film, Jeff has become one of Los Angeles’ busiest keyboardists, working with artists as varied as Julio Iglesias, Dr. Dre, Toto, Simon Phillips, Sheryl Crow, Frank Ocean, Willie Nelson, Alanis Morisette, Robben Ford, Shelby Lynne, Larry Carlton–and, as if that list wasn’t extensive enough–he has also been the touring musical director and accompanist for Martin Short since 2002, and also performs with Mr. Short & Steve Martin on their live comedy dates.

He 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. After graduating from the University of Miami’s distinguished Frost School Of Music, Babko began working with international superstar Julio Iglesias on a series of worldwide tours.  

Television work began with Martin Short’s syndicated talk show in 1999/2000, and later on the Wayne Brady daytime show.  For the past 15+ years, most significantly, Babko has been the musical arranger, a composer, and house band member on ABC TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.  He’s backed up countless rock, pop and jazz artists on the show, and has produced much of the music for its comedy segments.

In addition to recording albums, Babko’s contributions to many film scores have included “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Superbad,” “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen 2,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Jack Reacher 2.”

Babko has five solo albums out under his own name, and also keeps busy running and recording in his own studio, TudorTones, where he also records and collaborates with his wife, studio violinist Songa Lee.  

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