Katie Holmes is reportedly dating a jazz musician.

The 34-year-old actress - who has been single since her marriage to Tom Cruise ended nine months ago - has been on a string of dates with Peter Cincotti, 29, though have been arriving and leaving venues separately to avoid raising suspicion.

A source said: ''It's early days but Katie and Peter have been on quite a few dates.

''They met up two weeks ago at the New York Observer's 25th anniversary party. They have a lot in common - he's a total stage buff.''

The couple have known each other for a few years but only started dating recently, though the singer-and-pianist has already been given the seal of approval by the former 'Dawson's Creek' star's friends.

The source added to Grazia magazine: ''They have only been seeing each other a few weeks but he's incredibly charming, the type to buy her flowers and treat her like a lady.

''Katie's had a few dates but nothing came of them. But her friends are happy she is seeing Peter, they think he could be a good fit.''

As well as a new romance, Katie - who has six-year-old daughter Suri with Tom - is said to be looking for a new home as the lease on her New York apartment will soon be up.

The source said: ''This could be the perfect time for Katie to really work out what she wants from life.''

Though Katie's representatives denied she and Peter were planning a musical collaboration, they said only ''no comment'' when asked if they were dating.