Kyle Eastwood may stand like his father, actor Clint Eastwood, but he smiles more than the brooding star. Performing at MusicHall Wednesday night, the Kyle Eastwood Quintet made the final Liban Jazz concert of 2018 a pleasant evening of classic, instrumental jazz.
The younger Eastwood’s connection to cinema is as a composer, and he’s scored many films, including some of his father’s “Million Dollar Baby,” “Gran Torino” and “Invictus” to name a few.
Since 1998, his quintet has released eight studio albums, with the tracks of the 2017 album “In Transit” making up most of their Beirut set list. The album mixes jazz standards, including titles by Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk, and original songs, both soundtrack pieces and freestanding tunes.
Joined onstage by pianist Andrew McCormack, drummer Chris Higginbottom, Brandon Allen on saxophone and trumpeter Quentin Collins, Eastwood flipped between double bass and bass guitar. For more on this story check the link in bio. 📸 by Grace Kassab @guracu #kyleeastwood#lebanon#jazz
Fun fact: artists other than Chris Botti play at @bluenotenyc. So glad I was finally able to fit a @kyleeastwood show into my schedule. Truly excellent jazz, and he was nice enough to take the time to not only sign copies of his new album, but also personalize them. I'll definitely be making an effort to see Kyle again next time he comes through town. #kyleeastwood#kyleeastwoodband#bluenotenyc