Sunday, June 13, 2010


American jazz musician and stand-up bass player, Kyle Eastwood, was born on May 19, 1968 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He is the elder brother of actress and fashion designer Alison Eastwood. Eastwood is the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood and model Maggie Johnson. He has one daughter, Graylen (b. 1994), with ex-wife Laura Gomez.

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, "Metropolitain," was released on June 2009 by Rendezvous.

Eastwood plays acoustic and electric as well as double bass. He is the son of filmmaker and actor Clint Eastwood.

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

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.

It comes as little surprise, then, that music was a prominent fixture in the Eastwood home. According to his biography with Hopper Management, Eastwood grew up listening to records by jazz legends such as Miles Davis,Dave Brubec, Thelonious Monk, and the Stan Kenton Big Band with his parents, both jazz lovers. Eastwood attended the Monterrey 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 conducted by stepmother Dina Ruiz Eastwood. "I met a lot of artists, greats like Dizy 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, 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. After signing with the UK's Candid Records in 2004,

Eastwood moved to Dave Koz's'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 partner Michael Stevens for a 2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Original Score (Letters from Iwo Jima).

Kyle does "Paris Blue"

Reference - Wikipedia

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