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Kyle Eastwood
American jazz bassist, actor and film composer

Kyle Eastwood

Kyle Eastwood
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Intro American jazz bassist, actor and film composer
Is Actor Musician Composer Jazz musician Music arranger Guitarist Jazz guitarist Film score composer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 19 May 1968, Los Angeles, USA
Age 55 years
Star sign Taurus
Mother: Maggie Johnson
Father: Clint Eastwood
Siblings: Scott EastwoodAlison EastwoodFrancesca EastwoodMorgan EastwoodKathryn Eastwood
University of Southern California
Double bass
Bass guitar
Kyle Eastwood
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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 2013 by Jazz Village. Eastwood plays fretted and fretless electric bass guitar and double bass.

Early life

Kyle Eastwood was born May 19, 1968, the son of Margaret Neville Johnson (born 1931) and actor-director Clint Eastwood. He has a sister, Alison, who was born in 1972. He also has six half-siblings; including Scott Eastwood.



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

Music was prominent 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, 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 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).

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

Other work

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.


Studio albums

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

2016 Candid Kyle Candid


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