Somewhere between battling aliens in Independence Day, surviving T-Rex attacks in Jurassic Park, fathering two sons with wife Emilie Livingston, and emerging as America’s smirking, silver-haired sweetheart, Jeff Goldblum finds the time to play jazz piano. And apparently, he does it pretty damn well, too.
The 65-year-old actor has been signed to Universal’s classical label, Decca Records, with plans to release a jazz piano album later this year. Execs at the label took notice of Goldblum’s skill on the keys after he played The Graham Norton Show with now-labelmate Gregory Porter last year. They were so impressed that promptly after, they invited him over and inked a deal.
“As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum,” Decca director of A&R Tom Lewis said in a statement. “He’s a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy. If we can take Jeff’s music into people’s homes then we will be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place.”
Goldblum’s been playing piano since he was a young child; as a teenager, he’d play gigs at cocktail lounges around Pittsburgh, which was nearby where he grew up in Pennsylvania. More recently, the actor has been playing with a jazz outfit, named the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, at venues around Los Angeles. Particularly, Goldblum could be seen on Wednesday nights at the Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz.
More notably, however, Goldblum appeared at San Francisco’s Outside Lands in 2017 – not as a musical act per se, but on the comedy and improv stage, The Barbary. And Goldblum brought along the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, playing a few songs in between engaging the crowd with film trivia and rambling, yet charming, Goldblumian banter.
But while Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra has never recorded an album, the upcoming release with Decca Records it appears (as of now) it will be a solo Goldblum venture. Speaking of the record deal, Goldblum said: “I’m so happy to be in cahoots with the wonderful people at Decca, one of the coolest and most prestigious labels of all time.”
As for Goldblum’s day job as Hollywood royalty, he’s slated to reprise his role as Ian Malcom in this summer’s new Jurassic Park movie, and he’ll appear alongside Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown and more in the upcoming crime thriller Hotel Artemis. But jazz-heads and fans of the infamous Goldblumian charm will be patiently awaiting the as-of-yet-named musical release from the actor, too, and perhaps even more anxiously than anything coming to the silver screen.