Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
LONDON Ronnie Scott’s
47 Frith Street, Soho
Not many people know that Jeff Goldblum plays a mean jazz piano, in addition to starring in Jurassic Park, Independence Day and The Fly, where he provides that uniquely wry, charming and unpredictable edge. He formed his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in LA and they play loose, improvised versions of jazz standards.
Goldblum’s long-time hobby might come as a surprise to his fans. The actor, now 61 years old, has been performing in movies, television, and on stage for more than four decades. In addition to Jurassic Park, he’s acted in Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Big Chill, The Fly and dozens of other films and TV shows, where he provides that uniquely wry, charming, and unpredictable edge. But before Jeff Goldblum was an actor, he played piano. "I'm from Pittsburgh, and I played piano when I was a kid," Goldblum says before a recent performance. "I got the idea to play out and about in cocktail lounges when I was, like, 15, and got a job or two." Ever since, whenever he’s not playing a character on set, he’s playing a piano at home.
Sometime in the 1990s — and he can't recall exactly when — Goldblum got a band together through a friend of a friend named John Mastro, who had connections in the local music scene. The semi-regular group of professional jazz players that perform with Goldblum even took on a name, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. They're named for a friend of Goldblum’s family back in Pittsburgh.
We are delighted to welcome Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra to Ronnie Scott’s for a very special one-off show.