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Carl & Alan Maguire's Quintet (The International Jazz Twins)

  • Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38111 U.S.A. (map)


When Japanese-American twins Carl and Alan Maguire moved from Hong Kong to Memphis, Tennessee in 2011, they already had music in their blood.  Although born in Tokyo, the Maguires grew up in Hong Kong, where they first performed at the age of 14. Ever since, they were determined to be musicians.

Once in Memphis at age 15, the Maguires found their love in jazz at the world-renowned Stax Music Academy where Grammy-winning jazz artist, Kirk Whalum, was the artist in residence.

In 2014, the 18 year old Maguire twins (Carl on drums and Alan on upright bass) released their first CD, ’'The Sound of Music', featuring not only Whalum on sax, but also jazz icon Donald Brown on piano. Brown, who teaches at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, discovered the Maguires during a recruiting visit in 2013. 

“I am so glad I made that visit to the Stax Music Academy and met these young lions,” Brown writes in the liner notes of the CD, which he also produced. “Music had rewarded us again with this coming out party for Carl and Alan. The CD represents the music of the highest creativity and dedication. More importantly, it brought out the fun and emotions we all enjoy and share regardless of what part of the world we are from.”

The Maguires toured Japan and Hong Kong in winter 2013-2014 and recorded The Sound of Music at Memphis' famed Ardent Studios in mid 2014 with a group of seasoned musicians Brown assembled.  The nine-song CD includes standards such as “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” and “Inner Urge.” Also included is a jazz arrangement of “Hamabe no Uta” (Song of Seashore), a popular Japanese tune composed in 1916 by Tamezo Narita and arranged by Brown. It garnered rave reviews from the Japanese press during the Maguire twins’ summer 2014 tour in Japan.  

Back in USA, they held successful CD release parties in Memphis in December 2014 and Knoxville in February 2015.  They were featured artists to play Japanese music with jazz arrangement for the Japan-America Society of Kentucky at the Kentucky governor's mansion in January 2015 and for the Japan-America Society of Tennessee in April and June 2015.  

In July 2015,  They had a successful Hong Kong and Japan tour.  They played for over 700 people and gained more fans.  They are featured in various media regularly both in the USA and Japan.  In August 2015, they made an appearance at the Knoxville Jazz Festival as the youngest artists at the age of 19.  In December, they made a Seattle debut at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle, WA.

While studying at the University of Tennessee under Donald Brown and Greg Tardy, Carl and Alan aspire not only to refine their skills, but also to widen their musical perspective and expand their audience.

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