Jeff Goldblum is set to embark on a fresh challenge at the grand old age of 65, after announcing a somewhat surprising switch into the music industry. The laid-back veteran actor is set to release a debut jazz album this autumn, following his signing to the famed record label Decca Records.

The ‘Jurassic Park’ celebrity has become the latest Hollywood name to try his hand at an alternative career, with the likes of fellow superstars Kiefer Sutherland, Johnny Depp and even Bill Murray all set to showcase their musical talents in the UK this summer.

Talented teenage pianist

Like Depp it certainly won’t be Goldblum’s first foray into Music, with his experience as an accomplished pianist being traceable right back to the age of 15, when he could often be found tinkling the ivories in the cocktail lounges of Pittsburgh. He has also performed with his jazz band – interestingly named ‘The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra’ – at leading American cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

He was clearly delighted at the opportunity to sign for such a famed record company, labelling them as “one of the coolest and most prestigious labels of all time.”

Decca happy to sign Goldblum up

Decca’s head of A&R, Tom Lewis, was equally enthused to have Goldblum’s talents at his company’s disposal, referring to the star as a “fantastic jazz pianist and a great band leader.” He added that in his opinion he was also “just about the loveliest man in the world,” something that often comes across during his television interviews.

That amiable disposition was clearly-evident during his appearance on the hugely popular ‘The Graham Norton Show’ last year, as his stylish accompaniment of Gregory Porter wowed record executives.

Stars join the music bandwagon

As for the other Hollywood A-listers expected to appear soon in the UK, their impending performances suggest that an intriguing time lies ahead for music fans.

Depp will again join forces with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (from ‘Aerosmith’) in the provocatively named ‘Hollywood Vampires’ group, as they visit Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London. Guitarist Sutherland brings his band to Camden’s Electric Ballroom venue on 21st June.

Perhaps most intriguing of them all though is the combination of Murray with cellist Jan Vogler at two dates in London and Edinburgh. In keeping with his offbeat persona, the comic actor will recite poetry as part of a live performance and discussion set.