Kyle Eastwood Group, Monday, March 18, 2013


Kyle Eastwood Group
Monday, March 18
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…admirably understated and highly listenable.” – Evening Standard

While growing up in nearby Carmel, Kyle Eastwood was inspired to undertake a life in music after listening to records by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis, despite his father’s ties to the world of film. Annual family outings to the Monterey Jazz Festival further solidified the younger Eastwood’s passion for jazz. As a bassist and bandleader with impeccable taste, Eastwood has sold out venues across three continents. His most recent release The View From Here (Jazz Village, March 2013) reveals Eastwood as one of the seminal musicians of today, displaying his expertise as a bandleader and his creativity as a composer.

It’s been fifteen years since Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There to Here.  In those early days of his career, the press were naturally quite preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he is the son of famed actor/director Clint Eastwood), but over the course of his four subsequent releases, Eastwood has built up an impressive body of work and clout in the music community. With his sixth release as a leader, The View From Here, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. “I’ve always loved music from other countries,” says Eastwood, who has resided in Paris for the past eight years. “Living in France, you hear a lot of North African and Middle Eastern music, and you can hear some of those influences on this new recording.”

Accompanied by a London-based crew of stellar musicians, Eastwood blends infectious grooves and improvisations throughout the eleven diverse tracks on The View From Here. “They’re all really talented players,” says Eastwood, “and we’ve been playing together for a while now, developing a real band chemistry. We ended up writing a lot of these new tunes together either at rehearsals or out on the road during last year’s tour around Europe.”  The album kicks off with the percolating, polyrhythmic “From Rio to Havana,” then shifts moods to the mellow “For M.E.,” which was written for Eastwood’s mother, Maggie.  The buoyant, African flavored “Une nuit au Sénégal” pulses with an upbeat dance energy and the album closes on a funky note with the earthy, Meters-flavored “Route de la Buissonne,” underscored by Eastwood’s old school upright bass groove.

Eastwood will be joined on this performance date with trumpeter Alex Norris, saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Rick Germanson and drummer Joe Strasser.

Kyle Eastwood Group

DATE: Monday, March 18, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Jordy Freed
(610) 667-0501

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