Kyle Eastwood & Tierney Sutton at the Mini-Amoeba Tent at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 25, 2012 03:46pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, September 23rd at the Monterey Jazz Festival, we hosted bassist (and Clint's son) KyleKyle Eastwood Eastwood and jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at the Amoeba tent to sign their latest albums.

Kyle Eastwood grew up in Carmel, California as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. His father hadbeen attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958, and when his children were born it became a yearly family outing. Initially studying film, Kyle soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues gigging around Los Angeles and New York, his debut album From Here to There was released on Sony in 1998. Showing his ability as an accomplished composer, Kyle began working in film with a contribution to the score for Mystic River. The film later won two Academy Awards.

Today, Kyle Eastwood is less known as the son of Clint Eastwood and more of a universally respected musician and leader in his own right. Dynamic and pulsing, full of swing, great rhythms and memorable melodies, his 2011 release, Songs From The Chateau, is Eastwood’s fourth US effort. With this new album Eastwood set out to capture the sounds and energy with which his band regularly tours the world to sellout crowds.

A three-time Grammy-nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Tierney Sutton is often described as “a Tierney Suttonsinger’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer,” who uses her voice like an instrument. She has fronted the Tierney Sutton Band -- with pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker, and bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry -- for over 19 years. Their CDs have consistently topped the US jazz radio charts and their 9th release as a unit, American Road, was released in September 2011. Tierney has been Jazzweek’s Vocalist of the Year, has received the LA Jazz Society’s Vocalist award, and has been at the top of critics and listener’s polls.

An active educator, Tierney taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and is currently the Vocal Department Head at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, where she has created a new curriculum for vocalists.

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