Jeff Goldblum will be playing live in London this November to support the release of his debut album.
He is set to appear at Cardogan Hall in West London on November 17 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, along with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, who are named after a family friend.
They are set to release their debut album on Decca Records later this year, on which Goldblum and his band play ‘loose, improvised versions of jazz standards’ including ‘Summertime’ and ‘Stella By Starlight’
Goldblum has played piano for most of his life and performed in bars around Pittsburgh when he was a teenager. He has also been performing The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra since the 1990s.
He established a reputation for the instrument that saw him appear live with Gregory Porter on the Graham Norton show last year.
A press release from Universal states that executives from their classical label, Decca Records, quickly flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Goldblum about recording an album after seeing the performance.
Decca director of A&R Tom Lewis said in a statement, “As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. 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.”
“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,” Goldblum added.
Best known as an actor in the Jurassic Park and Independence Day franchises, Goldblum recently reprised his role as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
A 25-foot statue of him was recently spotted in London to mark the original Jurassic Park’s 25th birthday.