Eastwood's son soaks up jazz fest
KYLE Eastwood yesterday savoured the good, the bad and the not-so-ugly at a major jazz festival.
The guitarist son of the legendary Hollywood actor and director, Clint Eastwood, took time to enjoy a pint of Guinness and chat with fellow musicians as he prepared for his first ever Cork jazz stint.
"It is great to be here -- I have heard very good things about the festival," the California-based musician told the Irish Independent.
Accompanied by Diageo officials and festival organisers, Eastwood (43) was given an impromptu tour of Cork city centre -- and was introduced to some of the fellow jazz stars he'll come across over the next three days.
He also took time to enjoy a pint of stout with musicians from family ensemble, The Hypnotic Jazz Band, and compare notes about jazz festivals worldwide.
Encouraged in his musical career by his jazz-loving father, he is now ranked as one of the US's top up-and-coming musicians.
He arrived in Ireland to promote his new CD, 'Songs from the Chateau'.
The 2011 festival was officially opened last night by former Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn.
Albarn appeared with a star-studded ensemble dubbed 'Honest John's Chop Up' in the Savoy Theatre.
More than 50,000 fans are expected to attend the three-day festival which is worth over €8m to the local economy.