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Jeff Goldblum Jazz at The Rockwell

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that I’m always discovering new and exciting things to do. Despite knowing that a city this large offers countless new activities — many of which I may never experience or even hear about — I’m occasionally surprised to learn of something new. Something that seems so amazingly awesome that everyone should know about it. Something like Jeff Goldblum putting on a jazz show almost every week.

Jeff Goldblum Jazz Poster

Poster Image via The Rockwell

Yes, that Jeff Goldblum.

I promise I’m not kidding you. He’s been playing jazz piano with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, in a small restaurant club in Los Feliz on a weekly basis for, supposedly, the past fifteen years. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost six years, and despite having several friends living in Los Feliz during that time, didn’t hear about these shows until very recently.

Naturally, the first thing I did was tell Eric (he’s a life-long Jurassic Park fanatic), who promptly invited a few of our friends and booked tickets.

The show takes place at The Rockwell, which is located on the corner of Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz. I highly recommend booking tickets a few weeks in advance, as the venue is not large and it seems to fill up relatively quickly. Jeff Goldblum’s band performs on most Wednesday nights, though they do periodically take time off for his film career. Tickets are $20 to $25 per person, and seating is at tables, so I highly recommend getting a small group together. A seating chart is available on the booking website.

The doors open at 7:30 PM and the show starts at 9:00. Eric and I arrived a little before 8:00 to find Jeff Goldblum already there, chatting with the few audience members who had trickled in early. As we found our table, we watched with delight as he went through the restaurant’s entire menu in just the way you’d expect Jeff Goldblum to read a menu. He gave his personal opinion on each and every item, interspersed with his stream-of-consciousness style commentary on any subject relating to one of the menu items just read.

“I hate this… ‘choose one side.’ Why only one side? I say, have all the sides! Everyone, have all the sides you want, on me.”

He continued to chat with the audience right up until the moment the show began, asking all kinds of questions and engaging with a variety of people. It was extremely entertaining, and Eric and I were glad we had arrived early.

Jeff Goldblum Reads Menu

Before I tell you about the show itself, I’d like to briefly touch on the food and drink options. The Rockwell is a restaurant in addition to being a live music venue, after all. Each ticket includes a two-item minimum order requirement, so be prepared to order something when you come here for a show.

After listening to most of Jeff Goldblum’s menu review, Eric and I decided to each order a drink and an entree. I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (my favorite wine) and the Puttanesca Flatbread. The flatbread was delicious. The crust was just perfectly chewy — not too crispy, but not too soft. There was a pleasant bit of a spicy kick to the toppings that I enjoyed. I’m not sure white wine was the best pairing for this particular flatbread, but I wasn’t feeling fancy enough to care too much about my faux pas.

Puttanesca Flatbread

Rockwell Quinoa Burger

Eric ordered the Saturday Evening Sazerac and the Rockwell Quinoa Burger (with a side of sweet potato fries), both of which he assured me were exquisite.

“Are you finding this evening tantalizing? … That might have been too sexy for you early on.”

As our food arrived and we began eating, Jeff Goldblum and his band made their way to the stage. The show itself was nothing short of delightful. The band performed a variety of jazz classics, and they even had a few jazz singers join them for several numbers. The music was excellent and the entire show was a lot of fun.

Jeff Goldblum at the Rockwell

The most amazing thing about the show for me, and possibly the most surprising, is how awesome Jeff Goldblum is at playing jazz piano. He is an extremely talented pianist. The whole band was really fantastic. It’s not something you would necessarily expect of a celebrity with their own musical act on the side. And he very clearly enjoys putting on the show; he had a constant look of pure delight on his face as the other musicians played solos and the vocalists sang.

I’m sure any further description of mine wouldn’t be enough to do the show justice, so I urge you to go check it out one day soon. As of now, there are two shows scheduled for the last two Wednesdays in August, and hopefully more will be scheduled in the not-too-distant future. Enjoy the show!

PS: Red Lion Tavern & The Griffin

Editor’s Note: This post has not been paid for or sponsored in any way, nor am I employed by The Rockwell. Any and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and no one else’s.

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    Hello! I'm Erika, a quiet girl living in the noisy city of Los Angeles with my husband Eric and my cat Cookies. I enjoy exploring new places, going on adventures, eating delicious food, and taking lots of pictures! >> Read more

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