He’s played a scientist, an oceanographer, a dog, and so many more. He’s Jeff Goldblum, and if you’ve consumed any kind of pop culture over the past two decades he’s probably already known to you. Now the 65-year-old is set on taking on a new role: that of a real-life Jazz musician. If his keyboard chops in Thor: Ragnarok weren’t enough to sway you, maybe his new album will. The Jurassic Park actor grew up learning classical and jazz piano and performed in Pittsburgh cocktail lounges at the age of 15. He has continued to play with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, but has never recorded an album.
It was his recent performance on the Graham Norton show which landed him his contract with Decca Records.
“As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum,” Decca director of A&R Tom Lewis said in a statement announcing the label’s newest act. “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.”