Kyle Eastwood at Highline Ballroom
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Growing up as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood enjoyed a childhood that had jazz as its soundtrack. Although he initially studied film, he soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues gigging around Los Angeles and New York, he released his debut album, From Here To There, on Sony in 1998. He didn't give up on film, however, and demonstrated his prowess as a composer with a contribution to the score for the Academy Award-winning film Mystic River (2003). Eastwood's next record, Metropolitan, was released in the US in June 2009. Co-produced by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Eastwood's longtime writing partner Michael Stevens, the album captured the attention of the jazz world with its forward-thinking style and the gathering of some of the cream of today's jazz musicians. Last fall, Eastwood celebrated the release of his latest album, Songs from the Chateau (2011), at the Blue Note jazz club. Conceived in the fabulous 15th-century Chateau Couronneau in Ligueux, France, the album features an all-star band that includes Martyn Kaine (drums), Andrew McCormack (piano and keyboards), Graeme Flowers (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Graeme Blevins (soprano saxophone). With production by Crofton Orr and sound engineering by Simone Griva, the album may well be Eastwood's best release to date.