Thanks to your support, we had a memorable 2017! The main highlight of this year was recording our second album with world class artists, Aaron Goldberg (p), Bill Mobley (tp), and Gregory Tardy (s) along with Donald Brown as our producer once again. We are happy to announce that the release date is March 30, 2018. Please check out the demo video above!
This year we had our annual Japan-Hong Kong tour where we had the opportunity to expand to many more cities in Japan. One of cities we got to play in was Niigata where we were a part of The Niigata Jazz Street festival; it was nice and fun! We were also granted the honor to perform with Japanese legends, Shigeharu Mukai (tb), Yuichi Inoue (p) and Yosuke Sato (s) at prestigious jazz clubs in Tokyo, as well as, Ted Lo in Hong Kong once more. We also added New Zealand, another country to the list of places we have had the opportunity to perform. We were asked to perform for and work with students learning how to play Jazz.
To close off the list of things we were able to accomplish this year, we have both graduated from The University of Tennessee with bachelor degree's in music. We are now prepping for the New Year and we hope to see many of you along the way.
Carl & Alan Maguire
Highlights of 2017
January Left: Attended Jazz Connect Conference in New York City. Right: Performed for Japan-America Society of Kentucky's new year celebration at the state governor's mansion. On the photo with the band: Matt Bevin, the Governor of Kentucky
February Senior recitals prior to the University of Tennessee graduation. Left: Alan was thrilled to have a string quartet to perform his arrangement of a popular Disney tune, 'Someday My Prince Will Come', which was included in the second album. Right: Carl's recital also included his original tunes, also recorded in the album.
Recording & More…
March We had a great time recording with these world class musicians. From left to right: Gregory Tardy(s), Donald Brown (producer), Alan Shutaro Maguire (b), Carl Seitaro Maguire (ds), Aaron Goldberg (p), Bill Mobley (tp). Middle left: mixing session with our mentor, teacher and producer, Donald Brown. He has been such an inspiration for us. Middle right: Carl on drums. Bottom Left: Recording in session at Music + Arts Studio in Memphis. Bottom Right: Levitt Shell's #5FridaysOfFreeJazz series as featured artists. This popular event in its second season was attended by hundreds of people.
Summer Tour 2017 Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand & USA
Left: School performance at a secondary school in Wanaka, New Zealand Right; Performance with Ted Lo (p) at Fringe Club, Hong Kong's premier jazz venue.
Top: Niigata Jazz Street Festival Middle left: Nori Ochiai & The Maguire Twins, Takao Wada, the chairperson of Niigata Jazz Street Middle right: Sunset Jazz Live at Giardino Felice, Sanjo, Niigata, Japan Bottom left: Kamakura Daphne Jazz Club with Ryutaro Makino (vo) & Yudo Matsuo (g) Bottom right: Yosuke Sato (s) with Nori Ochiai & The Maguire Twins at Satin Doll, Tokyo
Above: Playing Japanese legends, Shigeharu Mukai (tb) and Yuichi Inoue (p) at Ogikubo Rooster
Top: The Challenge Concert in Kitaakita, Akita, Japan. The 'Challenge' calligraphy by Akita Hokuyo High School Calligraphy club Middle left: Drum battle in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Sho Kobayashi on Japanese drum. Middle right: Trying Japanese tea ceremony in Atami, Shizuoka, Japan Bottom left: Courtesy call to Disk Union, Japan's music retail chain thanking for choosing our first CD ' The Sound of Music' as one of best all genre must listen 700 of the world. Bottom right: Courtesy call to Korg, Japan's music instruments manufacturer head office
Jazz for All Ages
Left: Jazz workshop at Ani Junior High School in Akita, Japan. This is our third workshop. Right: A mini live performance at a retirement home in Kitaakita, Japan.
Back in USA
Left: Jazz ClubsNW with Danny Kolke (p) in WA, USA Right: Trezevant Performing Arts Center in Memphis, TN
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Left: Alan, Right: Carl
Seeking Higher Ground
Announcing the world wide release March 30, 2018
‘Seeking Higher Ground’ is the culmination of what The Maguire Twins inherited from the jazz giants of Memphis and the rest of America and for the development of their own sound. Carl Seitaro Maguire & Alan Shutaro Maguire, now 21-year-old identical twins, were born in Tokyo and grew up in Hong Kong going to a British international school. By age 14, they knew they wanted to make music the center of their lives. At age 15, they moved to the vibrant music city of Memphis, TN. There they joined the world renown Stax Music Academy, found jazz waiting for them and met Kirk Whalum, a Grammy winning saxophonist, who was then Stax artist in residence. That was also where they met Donald Brown, who later became their teacher, mentor and producer. At age 18, they recorded their first album, ‘The Sound of Music’ with Brown as a producer and Whalum as a guest artist. Their passionate playing style has been capturing the attention of many listeners of music, not only jazz listeners but also those who have no prior knowledge of jazz music. They frequently perform around various parts of the USA, Japan and Hong Kong and continue to develop and share their music. Their performances in Japan and Hong Kong in the winter of 2013-2014 were unexpectedly popular and caught the attention of many local media outlets. Ever since, they have been touring Japan and Hong Kong annually where their fanbase continues to grow and expand to farther reaches of the world. They have performed with artists such as Yosuke Onuma (g), Shigeharu Mukai (tb), Yuichi Inoue (p), Yosuke Sato (s) in Japan as well as Ted Lo (p) in Hong Kong. Listen to the next chapter of their story, ‘Seeking Higher Ground’ recorded with world class artists, Aaron Goldberg, Bill Mobley, and Gregory Tardy. With this milestone they are committed to bridge borders and generations with their music. Enjoy, as this chapter will entice you into the world they have created through their musical roots. Moreover, their story continues…