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The International Jazz Twins: Carl & Alan McGuire

  • Benjamin Hooks Library 3080 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN, 38111 United States (map)

Carl & Alan, the twins were born in Tokyo from a Japanese mother and an American father. They grew up in an international environment in Hong Kong from ages 3-15. They moved to the vibrant music city of Memphis, TN in USA at age 15. At age 11 they decided to form a rock band with their older brother named Kevin. He assigned Carl to play drums and Alan to play bass and that's how they ended up on their instruments. They arrived in Memphis determined to pursue music and soon after they joined the world renown Stax Music Academy and found a love for jazz. They learned to improvise sitting in at jazz clubs in Memphis. At age 17, Donald Brown discovered them in his university recruiting tour and they became his pupils. In 2014, they recorded their first album titled ‘The Sound of Music’ with Kirk Whalum as the guest artist and Donald Brown on piano/producing. They have been touring in Japan and Hong Kong, their home countries every summer. In the summer of 2016 they played their own concert with Yosuke Onuma, one of Japan's premier guitarists, for a packed house of 400 people in Akita, Japan. They are currently still studying under Brown at the University of Tennessee to refine their skills and widen their musical perspectives to deliver their own sound of music. They have lived in 3 countries and traveled to more than 20 countries. With their international experience, the world is their stage and only the sky is limit.

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Earlier Event: March 3