Jeff Barker, born in 1940 in Manchester, England, was a theatre organist active in the New York and New Jersey areas for the majority of his career. While his formal training culminated in a degree in piano, he turned to theatre organ in his teenage years and played at many of the theatres in and around Manchester. After headlining a two week session at the Surf City Hotel in Long Beach, New Jersey, Barker immigrated to the United States and found work playing in clubs and theatres on the Jersey Shore and across New England. Eventually, he would become house organist for a line of theatres owned by Nelson Page, most notably the Galaxy Theatre organ in Guttenberg, New Jersey and the Lafayette Theatre Wurlitzer in Suffern, New York. Most recently, he was resident organist at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid, New York from 1990 until his death in late 2013. Besides playing the organ, he was responsible for many organ rebuilding projects in New York and New Jersey, contributing to the continuing interest in the theatre organ in those areas. Highlights of his career include playing as a featured organist at three ATOS conferences, and headline concerts on many of the famous instruments in America and England.