Jazz Musician and composer

As the son of a film icon whose love of jazz is as legendary as his work onscreen and behind the scenes, Kyle developed a lifelong passion for both art forms, which in turn has fueled his rise as a world renowned bassist, prolific and eclectic recording artist, international touring bandleader/performer and ASCAP Award winning, Golden Globe nominated film composer in his own right.

His first memory of playing music was when Clint taught him how to play the left hand bass line of “Boogie Woogie,” while he played the right hand solo over the top. When he was around six or seven, Clint started showing him how to play piano and Kyle soon began taking lessons. Then he learned “a little bit of guitar” for his first credited film role as Whit Wagoneer in the 1982 film Honkytonk Man. It wasn’t until high school, however, that Kyle became passionate about the bass and he began playing in bands.Kyle began playing in a jazz fusion band at the famed Baked Potato in the early 90s. After leading his first jazz quartet for several years, he gave a tape of him playing a few standards and originals to Sony Senior VP Steve Berkowitz, who offered him the deal to record From There To Here. Kyle’s dual love for cinema and jazz reached a fascinating pinnacle with the release of his 2019 album Cinematic, which featured the bassist and his longtime ensemble creating adventurous, richly textured jazz explorations of scores of some of his favorite films.

The Symphonic project marks an incredible 25 years since Kyle released his debut album From There To Here on Sony Music. Throughout the first decade of his recording career, the bassist flirted with a variety of unique stylistic approaches, including sophisticated electro-cool jazz (Paris Blue, 2004), smooth and playfully grooving jazz with hints of the 70s’ (Now, 2006) and an artsy, chic, urban, culturally eclectic vibe (Metropolian, 2009).In addition to releasing albums and performing thousands of international concerts, Kyle in the early 2000s launched his impressive and prolific side career as a film composer, collaborating with Michael Stevens on pieces for Clint’s Oscar winning film Mystic River. Kyle and Stevens also co-composed elements of the score for Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, Invictus and his sister Alison’s 2007 film Rails & Ties. Kyle also did arrangements for Flags of Our Fathers and Changeling, and composed original pieces for Clint’s film J. Edgar, which also featured him onscreen as a member of the Stork Club Band.