Live From Carnegie Hall: Clint Eastwood
As the 2011 Oscars approach, this installment of Live from Carnegie Hall turns the limelight on the Carnegie Hall debut of one of the Academy's most celebrated members, Clint Eastwood.
Artist: Clint Eastwood and various artists
Album: Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall
Label: Warner Brothers / WEA
Date Recorded: October 17, 1996
Fun Fact: After the concert, some of the musicians made their way directly to the closing night of the renowned Bradley's jazz club in Greenwich Village.
Eastwood was celebrated at this gala event at Carnegie Hall by a roster of musicians—including James Moody, Thelonious Monk Jr., Kenny Barron, Jimmy Scott, John Faddis, and the honoree's son Kyle—who played a set list of music that the director had used in his films.
As well as music from his explicitly jazz-related films Bird—his biopic of Charlie Parker—Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser; and Round Midnight, the concert also featured music from the soundtracks of Play Misty for Me, Unforgiven, and The Bridges of Madison County.
Long a champion of jazz and jazz musicians, Eastwood himself played a chorus of "After Hours / C. E. Blues," and spoke from the stage about the importance of protecting jazz as an American art form.
Since this concert, Eastwood has gone on to garner multiple Academy Award nominations. He won two Oscars for Million Dollar Baby, a film for which he also composed the soundtrack with his son Kyle.