Kyle Eastwood, Acclaimed Bassist and Clint's Kid, Headlining Miami Nice Jazz Festival
Whenever Dirty Harry isn't blasting the brains outta unlucky punks or snarling at empty smartass socialist chairs, he's keeping it cool with a copy of "Ornithology."
That's right ... Clint Eastwood is a jazz junkie. He has produced and directed Bird, a biopic about bebop pioneer and heroin casualty Charlie Parker. He's written scores for a bunch of his own movies. And he's even earned an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music.
But the Oscar-winning legend's greatest musical achievement just might be making a baby, Kyle Eastwood, who grew up to become an acclaimed bassist, film composer, and the co-headliner of this month's inaugural Miami Nice Jazz Festival at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
Beyond Clint's kid, though, the Miami Nice lineup's got a ton more top-shelf jazziness, from beloved diva, NPR host, and United Nations ambassador Dee Dee Bridgewater to piano-playing Puerto Rican bandleader Eddie Palmieri, virtuosic French drummer André Ceccarelli, and Miami's own Nicole Henry.
Miami Nice Jazz Festival Lineup
Friday, October 26
-Dee Dee Bridgewater
-FIU Big Band featuring Sally Night
Saturday, October 27
-Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
-André Ceccarelli featuring Alex Ligertwood
-South Florida Jazz Orchestra featuring Nicole Henry
Understandably, all this has probably got you Eastwood-level jazz junkies saying, "Whoa, Daddy-O. That is a nice fest." But it's actually pronounced Neese. Like the town in France. Because the Miami festival is a spinoff of the overseas original.
As Clint in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur might say: "Vas-y, voyou, chante la chanson."
Miami Nice Jazz Festival. Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets cost $30 to $99 plus fees via tickets.gusmancenter.org. Visit miaminicejazzfestival.com.
Miami Nice Festival Official Jam Sessions. Hosted by NBC6's Roxanne Vargas. Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27. Avenue D Jazz & Blues Lounge, 8 S. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 11 p.m. and admission is free with festival tickets or $10 at the door. Call 305-860-6960 or visit avenuedmiami.com.
French Riviera Culinary & Jazz Experience. Sunday, October 28. Biltmore Hotel & Resort, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The lawn party starts at 3 p.m. and dinner begins at 8. Call 305-445-8066 or visit biltmorehotel.com.
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