"Being the son of Clint Eastwood has its perks — not only a tremendous grounding in jazz and a great record collection to be influenced by, but also the chance to work on his films.
Kyle Eastwood has, in fact, worked on the music for several of his father’s movies, including “Million Dollar Baby” and the Detroit-filmed “Gran Torino.” And he’s just wrapped up another high-profile job in the big screen adaptation of the stage hit “Jersey Boys.”
“Most of the music is Four Seasons songs; I was just doing some of the score under the sort of dramatic scenes and things like that,” says Eastwood, 45, who resides in Paris. “One of the pieces I did sounds kind of like a reprise of one of their things, but mostly it’s just piano and strings and kind of more dramatic themes that you need for a film but not always for a stage show.
“I have a pretty good idea of what (his dad) likes and how he likes to work; I’ve grown up watching him work and I think I have a pretty good idea of what he’s looking for. But he’s also very open, so it gives you a lot of creative freedom to come up with something and impress him.”
Eastwood maintains a thriving artistic career, of course, with six albums since 1998 — including last year’s “The View From Here.” A new album is looming, most likely starting in June, when Eastwood returns to Paris for a jazz festival there…
Kyle Eastwood and his quintet perform at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Cover is $40. Call 313-882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com.”
"The bass doesn’t seem like the star of a jazz quartet, giving way to the flashier and more portable trumpet or saxophone. But Kyle Eastwood knows better.
“I have always loved drum and bass, because it’s the rhythm section I’m most interested in,” says Eastwood, a noted musician and film composer. “I think people don’t realize how important it is, because it encompasses both worlds. The bass changes the whole timbre and feel of the chords of what you happen to be playing…”
Kyle Eastwood on tour this week!
Tomorrow - Jazziz Nightlife - Boca Raton, FL
Wednesday - University of North Alabama (benefit show) - Florence, AL
Fri & Sat - Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Sun - Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club - Bethesda, MD
And 3/25-30 - Blue Note Jazz Club, NY - NYC
"The last songs Kyle Eastwood downloaded from iTunes – music by ’50s and ’60s jazz pianist Wynton Kelly and by French electronic music sensation Daft Punk – say a lot about the bassist/composer.
Eastwood, 45, whose surname and variation-on-a-theme visage come from his father, Clint Eastwood, blends traditional jazz with worldwide contemporary influences in his music – which he and his band bring to Jazziz in Boca Raton on March 18. The legendary actor/director/composer’s son inherited his dad’s love of jazz, making a name for himself as a composer and musician, with six albums to date.
He started piano lessons at age 6, took up guitar at 12 for a role in the Eastwood film Honkytonk Man, then fell in love with the bass line – “the rhythm of a band” – and learned the acoustic and electric bass as well as the double bass. He has worked on the scores for eight of his father’s films, including Million Dollar Baby, Invictus and Gran Torino.
Based in Paris, Eastwood has been in Los Angeles since November, working on the underscore for the Clint Eastwood-directed Jersey Boys (expected June 20). We caught up with him a few weeks before the Kyle Eastwood Band’s U.S. tour, which includes 16 dates in 18 days in 10 locales across the country.
Do you enjoy the frenetic pace of touring?
It’s fun. Your energy gets up, and playing every night is great for your chops. The band really comes together.
What can Jazziz patrons expect?
We’re going to play music from my last four or five albums. The musicians are all really great players I’ve known and played with over the years in my band and other bands, all out of New York. They’re really good, young players, so there’s a lot of energy. We should be really cooking by the time we get to Florida…”
"For bassist and film-score composer Kyle Eastwood, jazz is more than a museum – it’s a malleable form. Eastwood’s sixth album "The View From Here" infuses the idiom’s familiar aesthetics with Cuban and North African rhythms and Middle Eastern scales. "All the things I listen to show up in the stuff I write," Eastwood, 45, says. "I’ve always grown up listening to jazz, but liked all different kinds of music – R&B and Motown and soul music as well as a lot of music for films and music from all different countries."
Eastwood is the son of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Kyle has contributed music to several of his father’s films, including composing scores (with musical partner Michael Stevens) for “Invictus,” “Grand Torino” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Kyle’s music also appears in others film including “Mystic River.” It’s a pretty brilliant situation. A son gets to work with a famous father without constantly getting compared to his dad. But it begs the questions: When Kyle’s working on music for a Clint Eastwood film, does Clint come to him requesting exacting atmosphere or does he just leave the music entirely up to Kyle?…”
Kyle Eastwood in The Times Daily for his March 19th benefit show in Florence, AL: http://ow.ly/uf4zJ
"Eastwood will be bringing his electric jazz bass to the birthplace of the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, for a performance at Norton Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Alabama."
Eastwood’s tour starts in Golden, CO at the Mount Vernon Country Club on March 12!