Actor Jeff Goldblum has signed a deal with Universal Music’s classical label Decca Records.
After label executives noticed him playing the piano during Gregory Porter’s performance on The Graham Norton Show last year, they flew out to meet the actor in Los Angeles. Now, it’s been announced that Goldblum will release his debut album – a collection of jazz piano tracks – later this year.
Tom Lewis, director of A&R at Decca said, “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,” said Goldblum.
The Independence Day actor was classically trained on the piano as a child, and later turned to jazz. From the age of 15, he played in cocktail lounges in Pittsburgh and since the 90s, has performed with his jazz band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. He also hosts a jazz variety show at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage.
Recently, Goldblum was part of the voice cast for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and will star in J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – out in June this year.