Jazz musician Kyle Eastwood at the Palladium • St Pete Catalyst

Jazz musician Kyle Eastwood has appeared in several recent films, usually as the bassist in a band playing in the background while the actors chew up sets on the dance floor.

It’s been 40 years, however, since her big moment as a co-star above the title; he was 12 when he played a depression-era rascal in the country music drama Honkytonk Man.

Prior to this, Eastwood had made uncredited cameo appearances in Outlaw Josey Wales and Bronco Billy.

The last name could be a dead giveaway. Kyle’s father is none other than Clint Eastwood, who starred in and directed all three films.

Eastwood the Younger is the son of the movie legend and his first wife, Margaret Neville Johnson.

Image: Internet Movie Database.

Music, not theatre, has always been at the center of his concerns and, as part of a short American tour, he and his band – saxophone, trumpet, piano, drums and bass – will perform on Monday and Tuesday (19 and September 20) at the Palladium Theater. Side door scene.

“Both my parents are big jazz fans and they both play the piano,” said Eastwood, who grew up in Carmel, Calif. Catalyst. “There was always a lot of music in the house. They also listened to R&B, and Ray Charles – and the weird Johnny Cash record here and there, things like that.

“Growing up in the 70s, I listened to the radio all the time, so I was very into rock and pop music. Lots of R&B and funk music too. I’ve always loved music, really.

His earliest memories are the sounds of Basie, Ellington, Brubeck and Sinatra floating around the family home. “And the first gig I remember going to was the Count Basie Big Band, in Monterey, in 1977, I think. When Count Basie was still alive and playing with the band.

He had started, like many children, by taking piano lessons. During the Honkytonk Man shoot, he learned to play the guitar.

Back in the Zeppelin and Van Halen days, however, “I had a lot of friends in high school who were musicians… but of course none of them were bass players. They got together and played all the time, and they always needed someone to play bass.

Eventually, the jazz bug bit him (again) and told him to learn to play the acoustic double bass. After years of study and contributions, he released his first album, From here to herein 1998. Ten more followed.

As a composer, his film scores include deux de papa, Invictus and Letters from Iwo Jima; his music was also featured on the soundtracks of Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Gran Torino. J. Edgar and others.

His last album, Cinematic, is a reimagining of classic movie themes, ranging from Bullit and The Eiger Penalty at Gran Torino and Fall from the sky.

“I haven’t really done dates in America since just before Covid,” says Eastwood, who spends most of the year in Europe. “Cinematic came out just before that, so we never really had a chance to go out and play music here.

Nevertheless, he spent that summer in California, working on arrangements for Symphonic, orchestral/jazz versions of tunes from his father’s films, which he will take across the pond for a selection of shows before recording it in Prague for an eventual album release.

“I love playing music by great composers,” he says. “And I like to do original material – I have more or less of it, mostly, on a lot of my records. Cinematic was a tribute to some of my favorite film composers. There were one or two in there that I had something to do with, but all the others were big names.

“The same with the Symphonic thing – it’s going to be tracks by Lalo Schifrin, music by Ennio Morricone, and a couple that I got my hands on.

Everywhere he goes, Kyle Eastwood is asked: what was it like living in Clint’s shadow? “That’s a pretty big shadow,” he laughed.

“Obviously, when you’re linked to someone so famous, it has its pros and cons, like everything, I guess.

“I’ve always tried to stay focused on the music and be the best musician I can be. If it gets attention, I hope people will judge the music on its own merits and not worry so much about everything. the rest.

Find tickets for Palladium shows here.