Kyle Eastwood

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Kyle Eastwood
Eastwood at the Jazz Café, London, 2005
Eastwood at the Jazz Café, London, 2005
Background information
Born (1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 52)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
Years active1990–present

Kyle Eastwood (born May 19, 1968) is an American jazz musician and actor. 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 in 2013 by Jazz Village. Eastwood plays fretted and fretless electric bass guitar and double bass.

Early life[edit]

Kyle Clinton Eastwood was born May 19, 1968, the son of Margaret Neville Johnson (born 1931)[2] and actor-director Clint Eastwood.[1][3] He has a sister, Alison, who was born in 1972. He also has six known paternal half-siblings: Laurie (b. 1954), Kimber (b. 1964), Scott (b. 1986), Kathryn (b. 1988), Francesca (b. 1993) and Morgan (b. 1996).



Eastwood comes from a musical family, as noted 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.[4]

Music was prominent in the Eastwood home. According to his biography with Hopper Management,[5] 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, who were 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[6] 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.[1] 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).[7]

In 2014 Eastwood and Matt McGuire contributed to the score of the documentary Homme Less about homeless photographer Mark Reay.

Other work[edit]

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).

He had a supporting role in the 1982 Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Eastwood has a daughter, Graylen (b. March 28, 1994) with Laura Gomez. They married in May 1995 and filed for divorce in 2005.

Eastwood married Cynthia Ramirez in September 2014 at his father's Mission Ranch Hotel in Carmel, California.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label
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
2019 Cinematic Jazz Village

Compilation albums[edit]

2016 Candid Kyle Candid


Year Album Label
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Milan / Warner
2007 Rails & Ties New Line / Sony
2009 Invictus Candid





  1. ^ a b c d Duerden, Nick (10 March 2013). "Kyle Eastwood: Honkytonk man and boy". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database, FamilySearch
  3. ^ "Clint Eastwood Biography (1930-)". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  4. ^ Hamad, Michael (March 23, 2015). "Hard Bop Comes Naturally To Bassist Kyle Eastwood". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Kyle Eastwood Biography" (PDF). Hopper Management. Archived from the original on September 2, 1999.
  6. ^ "Q&A with Kyle Eastwood". Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Lee, Louise. ""Kyle Eastwood Is a Bassist in Search of His Own Groove" July 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2015-08-30.

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