Kyle Eastwood at the Jazz Cafe, London
May 19, 1968|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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 1990s and leading his own quartet, he released his first solo album, From There to Here, in 1998. His album, The View From Here, was released 2013 by Jazz Village. Eastwood plays fretted and fretless electric bass guitar and double bass.
Kyle Eastwood was born May 19, 1968, the son of Margaret Neville Johnson (born 1931) and actor-director Clint Eastwood. He was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He is the older brother of actress/director Alison Eastwood, and paternal half-brother of Scott Eastwood, Francesca Eastwood, Kathryn Eastwood, Kimber Eastwood, and Morgan Eastwood.
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.||”|
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 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. "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 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 bass guitar in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he began playing gigs in New York City and Los Angeles, forming the Kyle Eastwood Quartet which contributed to Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (1996), a concert in honor of Clint Eastwood and his dedication to 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 album, From There to Here, a collection of jazz standards and original compositions. After signing with the UK's Candid Records in 2004, Eastwood moved to Dave Koz's label, Rendezvous, which released his albums Paris Blue (2005), and Now (2006).
In addition to his solo albums, Eastwood has also contributed music to nine 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), Invictus (2009) and J. Edgar (2011). He was nominated with music partner Michael Stevens for a 2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Original Score (Letters from Iwo Jima).
Kyle Eastwood provided the voice of "Daddy" in "Daddy and Son" (2007) and the voice of 1980s-era DJ Andy Wright for the computer game The Movies (2005).
Eastwood married Cynthia Ramirez in 2014 at his father's Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel, California. He has one daughter, Graylen.
|1998||From There to Here||Sony|
|2004||Paris Blue||Rendezvous / Candid|
|2006||Now||Rendezvous / Candid|
|2009||Metropolitain||Rendezvous / Candid|
|2011||Songs from the Chateau||Rendezvous / Candid|
|2013||The View from Here||Jazz Village|
|2015||Time Pieces||Jazz Village|
|2017||In Transit||Jazz Village|
|2006||Letters from Iwo Jima||Milan / Warner|
|2007||Rails & Ties||New Line / Sony|
- The Rookie (1990) - composer, "Red Zone" with Michael Stevens
- Regarding Henry (1991) - uncredited performer
- Mystic River (2002) - composer, "Cosmo", "Black Emerald Blues" with Michael Stevens
- Million Dollar Baby (2004) - composer, "Boxing Baby", "Solferino", "Blue Diner" with Michael Stevens
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) - composer, with Michael Stevens
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006) - arranger
- Rails & Ties (2007) - music by
- Changeling (2008) - arrangements
- Gran Torino (2008) - composer, with Michael Stevens
- Invictus (2009) - composer, with Michael Stevens
- J. Edgar (2011) - composer, "Red Sails in the Sunset", "I Only Have Eyes for You"
- The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) - Josey's son (uncredited)
- Bronco Billy (1980) - orphan (uncredited)
- Honkytonk Man (1982) - Whit Stovall
- The Bridges of Madison County (1995) - James Rivers Band
- Summer Hours (2007) - James
- J. Edgar (2011) - He was in the "Stork Club Band" (credited)
- Duerden, Nick (10 March 2013). "Kyle Eastwood: Honkytonk man and boy". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
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- Hamad, Michael (March 23, 2015). "Hard Bop Comes Naturally To Bassist Kyle Eastwood". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- "Kyle Eastwood Biography" (PDF). Hopper Management. Archived from the original on September 2, 1999.
- "Q&A with Kyle Eastwood". Columbiajazz.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- Lee, Louise. ""Kyle Eastwood Is a Bassist in Search of His Own Groove" July 2011". Stringsmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2015-08-30.