Kyle Eastwood

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Kyle Eastwood
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Kyle Eastwood at the Jazz Cafe, London
Background information
Birth nameKyle Eastwood
Born(1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 45)[1]
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
GenresJazz
OccupationsMusician, singer
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar, vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsRendezvous
 
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Kyle Eastwood
Kyle Eastwood.jpg
Kyle Eastwood at the Jazz Cafe, London
Background information
Birth nameKyle Eastwood
Born(1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 45)[1]
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
GenresJazz
OccupationsMusician, singer
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar, vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsRendezvous

Kyle Eastwood (born May 19, 1968) is an American jazz bass musician. He studied film at the University of Southern California for two years before embarking on a music career. After becoming a session player in the early '90s and leading his own quartet, he released his first solo album, From There to Here, in 1998. His most recent album, The View From Here, was released 2013 by Jazz Village. Eastwood plays acoustic and electric as well as double bass. He is the son of filmmaker and actor Clint Eastwood.

Musical background[edit]

Eastwood comes from a musical family, as explained in an October 27, 2006, article from The Independent newspaper:

When I told my father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood, I wanted to be a musician he was happy about it. Music has always been important to my family. My parents gave me my taste in music and my love of jazz from an early age. My father plays piano, my mother used to play, and my mother's mother was a music teacher at Northwestern University in Illinois.[2]

It comes as little surprise, then, that music was a prominent fixture in the Eastwood home. According to his biography with Hopper Management,[3] Eastwood grew up listening to records by jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and the Stan Kenton Big Band with his parents, both jazz lovers. Eastwood attended the Monterey Jazz Festival numerous times with his parents, as well. "One advantage of having a famous father was I got to go backstage", Eastwood explained in an interview[4] conducted by stepmother Dina Ruiz Eastwood. "I met a lot of artists, greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan. Looking back on that, I can see how much the musicians I met there influenced my career."

Eastwood began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he began playing gigs around the New York and Los Angeles areas, eventually forming the Kyle Eastwood Quartet, who contributed to 1996's Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall,[5] a concert saluting Clint Eastwood and his love of jazz. Clint Eastwood has always been supportive of, and interested in, Kyle's work, as Eastwood told The Independent: "As far as my father is concerned, as long as I was serious about my music career, he was supportive of me."

Two years later, in 1998, Sony released his first CD, From There to Here, a collection of both jazz standards and original compositions.[1] After signing with the UK's Candid Records in 2004, Eastwood moved to Dave Koz's label, Rendezvous, which has released his last two albums: 2005's Paris Blue, and 2006's Now.

In addition to his solo albums, Eastwood has also contributed music to eight of his father's films: The Rookie (1990), Mystic River (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), and Invictus (2009). He was nominated with music partner Michael Stevens for a 2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Original Score (Letters from Iwo Jima).[6]

Other work[edit]

Eastwood provided the voice of "Daddy" in the 8th PBS ident, "Daddy and Son." (2007) and the voice of 1980s-era DJ Andy Wright for the PC game The Movies (2005). Kyle had a supporting role in the 1982 Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man.[1]

Family life[edit]

Eastwood is the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson.[1][7] He was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He is the elder brother of actress, model and fashion designer Alison Eastwood. He has one daughter, Graylen (b. 1994), with Laura Gomez, whom he married in 1995 and divorced in 2008.[1]

Discography[edit]

Release
date
AlbumLabel
1998From There to HereSony
2004Paris BlueRendezvous
2006NowRendezvous
2009MetropolitanRendezvous
2011Songs from the ChateauCandid
2013The View from HereJazz Village

Filmography[edit]

Composer/performer/arranger[edit]

Actor[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Duerden, Nick (10 March 2013). "Kyle Eastwood: Honkytonk man and boy". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Kyle interview in The Independent, 27 October 2006. Reprinted at Rendezvous Music.com.
  3. ^ Kyle Eastwood biography at Hopper Management
  4. ^ "Q&A with Kyle Eastwood". Columbiajazz.com. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  5. ^ "''Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall''". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  6. ^ ""Kyle Eastwood Is a Bassist in Search of His Own Groove" July 2011". Stringsmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Clint Eastwood Biography (1930-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 

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