Style Icon Jeff Goldblum on His Favorite Fashionable Jazzmen

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Long before arriving in Hollywood -- and even longer before becoming a social-media style hero -- Jeff Goldblum was a teenage pianist in Pittsburgh, playing local bars. Today, he’s got his own jazz combo, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, whose debut album comes out Nov. 9. Goldblum calls it a nod to “when jazz was fun, social, sexy music instead of something a little more esoteric” -- traits he believes the artists below embodied in their musical -- and sartorial -- styles.

Thelonious Monk

“I remember when he was on the cover of Time [in 1964], around the same time I started taking piano lessons. [I loved] all of his music, but also his beautiful, virile, unexpected, original personal style. I like to wear hats here and there, and I love his hats.”

Erroll Garner

“He was from Pittsburgh, and we had his Erroll Garner Plays Misty when I was growing up. My dad would say, ‘Listen to how this guy plays: how brave it is when he takes long pauses, and uses these octaves.’ He loved him. I’ve since come to appreciate him even more myself.”

Bill Evans

“I’m a glasses wearer, and he was a glasses wearer. Especially during his 1950s period, that sort of frame that he wore is my heart’s desire. I’m wearing a pair that recall that era from Jacques Marie Mage right now that I particularly like. But I’m a bit of a fetishist.”

Miles Davis

“I love his continual growth, self-possession and pioneering spirit. Such a great-looking guy. I remember these sort of loafers that he wore -- these Ivy League-y [Bass & Co.] Weejun loafers. I have a similar pair in my closet right now.”

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard.