Family Business: Kyle Eastwood on jazz, films – and his father Clint

What would you do if you were the child of one of the biggest actors and directors in the world ever? If you are Kyle Eastwood, you play jazz – as he told Rob Garratt at the outset of a UK tour It can’t be easy growing up as Clint Eastwood’s son. With every media-shaped door instantly held ajar, the question must not be “what shall I do with my life?”, but “what can’t I do?” In the case of Kyle Eastwood – one of seven children Clint fathered to five women – the answer, somewhat bizarrely, was “play jazz”. … Continue reading Family Business: Kyle Eastwood on jazz, films – and his father Clint

Easy Tiger: Piano poet Kit Downes on his new album

Apperances can certainly be deceiving. His slender frame, sheepish demeanour and scruffy student garb do much to disguise Kit Downes. But put the 24-year-old prodigy behind the keys and he plays with more poetry than just about any other pianist of his generation. Leading his self-titled trio, Downes broke into the mainstream last year when his debut album, Golden, was named as the “token jazz” nomination in the most coveted of music awards, the Mercury Prize. “Really, the victory is in the nomination process and the fact that we all have good fun listening to each other,” reflects Downes today, … Continue reading Easy Tiger: Piano poet Kit Downes on his new album