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Kyle Eastwood

Kyle Eastwood

Thirty-year-old bassist Kyle Eastwood, who grew up in Monterey, California, and is now a New York resident, is celebrating the release of his debut recording as a leader, From There to Here, on Columbia Jazz. Not surprisingly, Eastwood’s “earliest memories of music are of jazz because both my parents are big jazz fans. Ever since I can remember, my dad would take me to the Monterey Jazz Festival, which was always a fun event, and I met some incredible musicians backstage who would later play a major role in my musical life. People like Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Stan Kenton, but I didn’t know it at the time.”

Eastwood, an acknowledged Paul Chambers fan, didn’t play music until high school when “I started fooling around with the electric bass. I had a lot of friends in the high school jazz band and I picked up the bass because it came easy. I found I could figure some things out and also have some fun jamming.” At first, he entered film school but by the time he was 21, “I really I really got serious and began studying the upright bass with Bunny Brunel. That’s when I decided wanted to become a professional musician.”

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