Kyle Eastwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kyle Eastwood
Kyle Eastwood.jpg
Kyle Eastwood at the Jazz Cafe, London
Background information
Born (1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 49)[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Double bass, bass guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Jazz Village
Website Official website

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 acoustic double bass. His new album Time Pieces was released in 2015.

Early life

Kyle Eastwood was born May 19, 1968, the son of Margaret Neville Johnson (born 1931)[2] and actor-director Clint Eastwood.[1][3] He was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He is the elder brother of actress/director Alison Eastwood, and paternal half-brother of Scott Eastwood, Francesca Eastwood, Kathryn Eastwood, Kimber Eastwood, and Morgan Eastwood.[citation needed]



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

Music was a prominent fixture 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, 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[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 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,[7] 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 two of his albums: 2005's Paris Blue, and 2006's Now.

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).[8]

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

Other work

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]

Personal life

Eastwood married Cynthia Ramirez in 2014 at his father's Hotel "The Mission Ranch" in Carmel, California. He has one daughter, Graylen.[citation needed]


Year Album Label
1998 From There to Here Sony
2004 Paris Blue Rendezvous
2006 Now Rendezvous
2009 Metropolitan Rendezvous
2009 Songs from the Chateau Rendezvous
2011 Songs from the Chateau Candid
2013 The View from Here Jazz Village
2015 Timepieces Jazz Village





  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 (PDF) on September 2, 1999. 
  6. ^ "Q&A with Kyle Eastwood". Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "''Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall''". Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  8. ^ Lee, Louise. ""Kyle Eastwood Is a Bassist in Search of His Own Groove" July 2011". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Kyle Eastwood on IMDb
  • Profile at All About Jazz
  • Kyle Eastwood at Allmusic
  • "How Do I Look?" interview with Ben Walsh for The Independent
  • "Kyle Eastwood: Going His Way" by Mike Zwerin for the International Herald Tribune
Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Kyle Eastwood"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA