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Jeff Goldblum's semi-regular jazz night has returned to Los Feliz, and it's as delightful as ever / Los Angeles Magazine

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You haven't truly heard your name until you've heard Jeff Goldblum say it. The 65-year-old actor loves savoring-and sometimes butchering-names when he works the room at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Goldblum's signature, oft-imitated speaking style has a bebop quality: a swingin' rhythm and distinct musicality, punctuated with those jazzy "uh"s and "um"s.

The crowd of around 150 may have turned up for the novelty of hearing the cult character actor, famous for roles in The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, play jazz. That he did, tickling the ivories with his Mildred Snitzer Orchestra-named after a lady he knew growing up in Pittsburgh-as he does semi-regularly on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. He was back this week from a hiatus after doing a "publicity marathon" for Thor: Ragnarok, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Isle of Dogs.

But the real draw for most people-and maybe for Goldblum himself-is the chance for ordinary folks to have an intimate, loose hang sesh with a very charming, very self-aware Hollywood icon.

"This is my real reason for doing this," he says as he wades into the sea of tables, mingling. "I don't get a chance to get out of the house."

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