XO Artist Since: 2015
Music Genre(s): Blues, Classical, Funk, Fusion, Hip Hop, Jam Band, Jazz, Latin, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Studio/Session, World, Worship
Favorite Venue(s): The Village Vanguard
Who are your strongest influences?: J.J Johnson, Urbie Green, Glenn Miller
Decker Babcock has performed across the United States and is currently one of the most sought after commercial trombonists in Colorado and the Southeast. Decker is a featured trombonist on several albums recorded since 2011. In 2015 Decker was featured as a soloist for a series of Einstein Brothers Bagels television commercials. Decker is well known for his ability to cover a wide range of musical styles as well as cover multiple ranges of the trombone at an unparalleled level. Decker Babcock has studied under the direction and mentorship of Wes Funderburk, Dr. Tom Gibson, Lee Watts, Dr. Gordon Vernick, Dr. Bill Mann, Dr. Cory Mixdorf, Brad Goode, Paul McKee and John Gunther. Some of Decker Babcock’s performing credits include playing with Lady Gaga, Carmen Bradford, Duffy Jackson, Joe Gransden, Joey Defrancesco, Tia Fuller, The Atlanta Hipster Orchestra, The Macon Pops Orchestra, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Daniels, The Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, and the Atlanta Bone Squad. As an educator Decker has obtained a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University and currently is working as the jazz teaching assistant at The University ofColorado Boulder. Decker has taught privately his own studio of middle, high, and college level students. Decker has also given clinics and classes at The University of Colorado Boulder, Georgia State University, Thompson Schools (Loveland, CO), Coweta County Schools, and The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra.