Eastwood performance closes Backstage SeriesApril 3, 2013
From local sources
JASPER — Kyle Eastwood and his jazz group will perform backstage at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Eastwood grew up in Carmel, Calif., as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. He remembers that while doing his homework he listened to records of jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis playing in the house. His father had been attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958 and when his children were born, it became a yearly family outing. Eastwood’s childhood had jazz as its soundtrack and he credits his father with introducing him to the joys of the bass line. His first memory of playing music was when his father taught him how to play the left-hand bass line of “Boogie Woogie” while he played the right-hand solo over the top.
Eastwood began playing electric bass in high school, learning rhythm and blues, Motown and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scenes. Initially studying film, he soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues with gigs around Los Angeles and New York, his debut album, “From Here to There,” was released on Sony in 1998.
In 2004, Kyle signed to Candid Records, one of the leading independent jazz labels in the United Kingdom, and released his second album, “Paris Blue.” It resonates with swing, groove and funk overtones. The album climbed to No. 1 on the French jazz charts.
“My roots remain in jazz but I like adding all kinds of different flavors,” Eastwood said.
Not satisfied with just a critically acclaimed record, Eastwood expanded his film work, composing three pieces of music for the 2004 blockbuster “Million Dollar Baby.” The film won four Academy Awards. He has composed or arranged music for seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films, including “Mystic River,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Gran Torino” and “Invictus.”
His other albums include “Now” (2006), “Metropolitan” (2009), “Songs from the Chateau” (2011) and “The View from Here” (2013).
Eastwood will present a master class at Jasper High School.
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