Ellise Shafer Jeff Goldblum gave renewed meaning to the oft-used phrase “intimate concert” on Wednesday night during his jazz comedy show at The Sun Rose in West Hollywood.Before Goldblum was joined on stage by the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, with whom he has released two jazz albums, the “Jurassic World Dominion” star kicked off the show solo by getting to know his audience.
But this wasn’t your average pre-concert Q&A or call-and-response game. Goldblum went down a list of attendees’ names and held personal conversations with a good portion of the cozy 100-person room.
Many were called at random, but Goldblum did find a few friends in the venue — including “Russian Doll” actor Charlie Barnett and TV host Naz Perez — and chatted about everything from upcoming weddings and microdosing to his recent trip to Italy to walk in Prada’s fashion show. “You like the jazz music?
Well, we’re gonna play some,” Goldblum said once the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra members walked onstage. Taking his seat at the grand piano, Goldblum and his band — consisting of John Storie on guitar, Alex Frank on stand-up bass, Joe Bagg on organ, Kenny Elliott on drums and Scott Gilman on saxophone — hopped right into an upbeat number, sailing through tricky time signature changes, with each member adding their own improvisational flair.But of course, the audience wasn’t just there to see Goldblum tickle the ivories — though he proved to be quite talented at that — and he made sure to pepper in some jokes and interactive games between songs.Read more on variety.com