Jeff Goldblum: David Bowie loved jazz

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Jeff Goldblum spoke about how he used to play the piano and sing songs with David Bowie.

The actor and musician described Bowie, who died in 2016, as “like something from another planet”.

He spoke to the Glastonbury Free Press ahead of his appearance on the festival stage in West Holts on Saturday.

David Bowie died in 2016 (Yui Mok / PA)

“I was making the Robert Altman movie Nashville in 1974 and a few of us went to see David Bowie perform at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on his Diamond Dogs tour,” Goldblum said.

“The show was amazing and David was like something from another planet.

“About 10 years later, I was shooting the John Landis comedy Into The Night, where me and David both had roles and I got to know him a little bit more.

“A lovely, lovely guy. We used to play the piano and sing songs together. He loved his jazz.

He told the newspaper that he also joined Aerosmith for the recall of one of their concerts.

“They told me the chords of a song and I ended up playing with them,” he said.

“It was my only real contact with rock ‘n’ roll.”

Goldblum, originally from Pittsburgh like his heroes Errol Garner and Ahmad Jamal, told the newspaper he always wanted to be a jazz pianist.

He said he grew up listening to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and went to a Thad Jones / Mel Lewis big band in Pittsburgh with his father.

In 1971 he had his first Broadway role in the musical version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

“I was absolutely amazed that Thad Jones was playing the trumpet in the orchestra pit,” Goldblum said.

“I thought – man, I made it. I’m in a show with the great Thad Jones.

In addition to his music, Goldblum said he had just finished acting in a movie called The Mountain, which is set in 1954.

“It’s a very artistic and poetic film, directed by the great Rick Alverson and also starring Hannah Gross and Udo Kier, on the underside of American identity,” he said.

“I play a rather controversial doctor in the Pacific Northwest who pioneered lobotomy surgery in the 1940s and 1950s, and is also a cult leader.

“I also worked on a 12-part series for National Geographic – The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

“It’s about explaining the complex science behind the most mundane things. And I’m also doing a second album for Decca, so everything is fine for me.

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