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Interview:
It's all that jazz for Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Being the son of Clint Eastwood has its perks -- not only a tremendous grounding in jazz and a great record collection to be influenced by, but also the chance to work on his films.

Kyle Eastwood has,in fact, worked on the music for several of his father's movies, including "Million Dollar Baby" and the Detroit-filmed "Gran Torino." And he's just wrapped up another high-profile job in the big screen adaptation of the stage hit "Jersey Boys."

"Most of the music is Four Seasons songs; I was just doing some of the score under the sort of dramatic scenes and things like that," says Eastwood, 45, who resides in Paris. "One of the pieces I did sounds kind of like a reprise of one of their things, but mostly it's just piano and string and kind of more dramatic themes that you need for a film but not always for a stage show.

"I have a pretty good idea of what (his dad) likes and how he likes to work; I've grown up watching him work and I think I have a pretty good idea of what he's looking for. But he's also very open, so it gives you a lot of create freedom to come up with something and impress him."

Eastwood maintains a thriving artist career, of course, with six albums since 1998 -- including last year's "The View From Here." A new album is looming, most likely starting in June, when Eastwood returns to Paris for a jazz festival there.

"I'm starting to compile stuff for it now," he reports. "I'm just kind of getting back to starting to write and get some ideas down." And while "The View From Here" featured original material, Eastwood says he might mix things up for his next project.

"I might go back to doing a couple of standards and tunes I've really enjoyed playing," he notes. "There's some obscure ones that haven't been played a million times, or I'll try to do something a little different that I like to play. It's important to keep it fresh, I think."

Kyle Eastwood and his quintet perform at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Cover is $40. Call 313-882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com.

Web Site: www.dirtydogjazz.com

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