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Jeff Babko

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.

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.  He also appeared in Iglesias' "Tango" longform video.

After leaving Iglesias, Babko began regularly touring Asia and Europe super-drummer Simon Phillips. Soon after, he joined guitarist Robben Ford's band, and later extensively toured and recorded with Larry Carlton.  With Carlton, Babko performed for the King and royal family of Thailand in Bangkok's royal palace.   Listeners can enjoy Babko's recorded work with Ford and Carlton on their joint effort, Live In Tokyo, as well as on some of their individual recordings (see "other people's rekkids" section).  Babko also backed Carlton with Japanese B'z guitar superstar Tak Matsumoto on their Grammy award winning recording.


Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


Clam City

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Church of Bill Hilton; New Wave Theater; New Jersey Ballad; This West; Boo Boo’s Birthday; Fugue Robotique; Chongo’s Song; Return To Jerz.


Finding Beauty. Originals. Volume 1

Label: Shanachie Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Moon Is A Kite; Look for The Love; Forever And A Day; Love and Let Love; Information Please; You CAn't Rush Spring; Finding Beauty; Revelation; Hold You In This Song; Stealing' Away; New Eyes; At The Same Time; Wherever You Are; If I Were; Be the Light; Perfect.


Song of the Day

New Jersey Ballad

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 01:37


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Carter, Arina Fujiwara, Wang, Perelman And More

Read "New Music From Carter, Arina Fujiwara, Wang, Perelman And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we present all new music from Daniel Carter, Alex Louloudis & Zack Clarke, Arina Fujiwara, Jeff Babko, Ivo Perelman & Matt Moran, Jambal & Tristan de Liège, Gregory Lewis, Ruiqi Wang, Chein Chein Lu, Kris Berg, Pete Escovedo, Chuck Owen, and, Arthur Kell. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Daniel Carter, Ayumi ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Simona Premazzi, Will Bernard, Beth Custer, Tania Giannouli & More

Read "Simona Premazzi, Will Bernard, Beth Custer, Tania Giannouli & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A revelation of an album, Sky by Will Bernard and Beth Custer, opens a playlist which explores three piano jazz formats, solo, duo and trio, through a number of impressive recent releases. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Will Bernard, Beth Custer ...


Article: Play This!

Band Of Other Brothers: Babko

Read "Band Of Other Brothers: Babko" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

2016's Band of Other Brothers debut album City Of Cranes may have flown under many a radar but it's lineup alone--Jeff Babko, Will Lee, Jeff Coffin, Nir Felder and Keith Carlock--demanded attention from those that spotted it. And with tunes like the thrilling Felder showcase “Babko," it showed the supergroup was no jackelope. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mark Guiliana, Chet Baker, Rachel Eckroth, Dorian & Nayanna Holley & More

Read "Mark Guiliana, Chet Baker, Rachel Eckroth, Dorian & Nayanna Holley & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A special focus on the deep, eclectic and exciting LA scene in this hour of Mondo Jazz, which then concludes with an unearthed gem by Chet Baker from the late '70s.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Mark Guiliana “Carbon Dating App" Mischief--EP (Edition) 0:16 ...


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