Easy, jazzy charm on the piano keys: A Review of Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

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There is something fascinating about Jeff Goldblum. In recent years, he has developed a certain ease in the public spotlight. At times nerdy goofball, a human experiment-gone-wrong, or smoldering scientist, at 66 years old, Goldblum seems to have a constant smirk with whatever he is doing. Where Bill Murray appears to exist in a certain inscrutability that catches your attention, Goldblum just seems to be having a great time hanging out with everyone.

As it turns out, Jeff Goldblum is not just a famous actor but is also a part-time jazz pianist. Known to a handful of LA locals, he’s been playing for decades in Silverlake with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (who, apparently, was a real person). Well, Goldblum has released a new album for Decca records of old jazz standards. A consummate performer, he is an excellent pianist, but he seems equally fine playing back up for the musicianship of his band and guest singers.  

There definitely seems to be a fun, lounge singer vibe throughout the album, as if you just happened to walk into a nearly-empty, smoky jazz club on a Tuesday night. I have a feeling this will be getting heavy play in my house during the Holidays, when I want something classy but doesn’t feel demanding.

Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra feels like one of those great dinner party guests with the easy conversation and charming personal stories and really, isn’t all about having fun?