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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Houston) – Performing Arts Houston announces the return of Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7:30 at The Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall. Audiences will enjoy classic jazz and Texas trivia with the beloved and gregarious Hollywood star. Tickets start at $40, at performingartshouston.org.
Performing Arts Houston presented Jeff Goldblum and his band’s Houston debut in 2019. It was also an evening of surprises, including an impromptu marriage proposal from one audience member to another, which Goldblum agreed to facilitate, and a performance by HSPVA jazz students on stage with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Be it jazz, conversing with crowds, or working with aspiring musicians, Goldblum does it all with a joyful sense of connection and reveling in the moment.
Jeff Goldblum continues the tradition started during his first visit to Houston in 2019, including three advanced students from Waltrip High School and HSPVA performing on-stage with Jeff & the band to open the show! In the lobby before the performance, more Waltrip Jazz students will perform as the HEB Performance Prelude feature act.
About Jeff Goldblum
With film credits including Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Fly, The Big Chill, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Thor: Ragnarok; theatre performances including The Pillowman, Speed the Plow and Domesticated; and television appearances including Portlandia, Inside Amy Schumer and Will & Grace, Jeff Goldblum also plays jazz with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Whether performing regularly at Los Feliz’s Rockwell Table and Stage, or elsewhere, Goldblum will take your questions, ask you trivia questions, and play classic jazz. The evening typically features Goldblum on piano, John Storie on guitar, James King on tenor saxophone, Alex Frank on bass, Joe Bagg on organ and Kenny Elliott on drums, along with special guests. In 2018, Goldblum signed with Decca Records and recorded his first full length record, entitled Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capitol Studios Sessions. His follow up I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This was released in 2019.
“As he bantered with the audience during the warm-up, playing the charming life of the party, Mr. Goldblum brought to mind Café Carlyle’s ultimate host, Bobby Short, who had the gift of making every performance there feel like an exclusive social event. But with Mr. Goldblum playing host, the imaginary living room was not a penthouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan but a late-night Los Angeles hangout for the very hip.” —The New York Times
“The Snitzer quintet (reportedly named after a neighbor from Goldblum’s childhood) drew the kind of young, upscale crowd that most jazz venues would be delighted to see, a crowd straight out of the nightclub scenes in “Ally McBeal.” Although Goldblum is a modest jazz talent, at best, he’s far too musically sophisticated to assume that his audience was as fascinated by his piano playing as it was by his sheer presence as an A-list celebrity. But, to his credit, he remained completely immersed in his playing whenever he was on stage, his head bobbing and weaving, body moving rhapsodically with the music, a satisfied smile frequently crossing his face. The very image, in fact, of a happy man.” —LA Times
“Is there a better way to spend your Wednesday evening than listening to Jeff Goldblum play jazz piano, make small talk and stump the crowd with the movie game? We’re doubtful. Goldblum tickles the ivories as well as the audience with some damn good jazz, his winning smile and lots of signature “uh uh uh”s. We’re smitten. We kinda always were.” —Timeout
This performance is made possible with support from Locke Lord, LLP, and Bank of Texas.
Health & Safety
For Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra masks are required inside the theater. All health & safety policies are determined in conversation with the individual artist, venue, and presenter and are subject to change. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.
About Performing Arts Houston
For over 55 years, Performing Arts Houston has connected audiences with exceptional artists through diverse performances and learning experiences throughout Houston communities and schools. We welcome all to ignite and cultivate passion for the performing arts and explore the vast landscape of artistic expression to discover new understanding about ourselves, create community, inspire dialogue, and enrich our world. More at performingartshouston.org.
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PERFORMING ARTS HOUSTON
JEFF GOLDBLUM & THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA
May 4, 2022
Wednesday, 7:30 PM
Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets starting at $40
For tickets and additional information, please visit: performingartshouston.org