Jeff Goldblum: Jazzman

10 Jun

goldblumI could hardly believe it when I learned that actor Jeff Goldblum performs 1) every Wednesday 2) at a restaurant a mile away from my house 3) that serves gluten-free desserts 4) with a jazz ensemble 5) for free.

I was even more surprised to see that when he takes the stage at Rockwell in Los Feliz, he doesn’t act like a total goof. He doesn’t tell jokes or even talk that much at all. He plays piano. He sings and scats a little. He wears a pork pie hat. He’s not Dr. Ian Malcolm or Mac or Rachel Berry’s gay dad. He’s just a jazzman.

That said, the most engaging, energetic song of the night was when he brought up guest vocalist Maiya Sykes, who killed on “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”

The group plays weekly on Wednesdays at 9 and 11 p.m. It’s $20 to make a reservation or free to just show up and squeeze in, which was no problem for us.

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