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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.

A native of Southern California, Jeff studied privately at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts while still in high school. Collecting all styles of used vinyl, Jeff also developed a strong interest in pop/rock FM radio, as well as jazz and fusion music.

After high school, Jeff went across the country to attend the University of Miami School of Music, and quickly became one of South Florida's hardest working musicians as well. After graduating and returning to Los Angeles, Babko formed his first jazz quartet, “The Jeff Babko Group,” and recorded and produced their first record at the age of 23, released on his own label. This CD, Misfits Of Silence, received worldwide distribution and charted nationally at jazz radio.

While playing jazz in L.A., Babko was invited to tour with Latin superstar Julio Iglesias, which led to three world tours and many television appearances.

One of Jeff's strongest connections has been with drummer Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, The Who). In 1997, Simon embarked upon his first solo tour, and eventually this band would record two albums, Another Lifetime and the live Out of the Blue. Simon and Jeff also co-led a “straight ahead” jazz record, Vantage Point, as well as the “hi-def” DVD, Resolutions. Simon's connection would lead to Jeff touring with L.A.'s legendary band, Toto, where Jeff was the first ever replacement keyboardist for founder David Paich.

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