Trio helps celebrate 20 years of ‘Jazz Gumbo’ (via Pensacola News Journey)

Quincy Jones gave Peter and Will Anderson the ultimate compliment.

“You dudes are the future,” he said. “You have made my soul smile.”

The quote is proudly displayed on the Anderson brothers’ website. “Q” is one of many legends singing their praises, but the sibling success might not have been possible without one big decision.

Will Anderson was born 10 minutes after his brother Peter. The identical twins grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Inside the nation’s capitol, they watched the military’s best.

“There were several big bands in the Air Force and Army, where they have full-time jazz big bands perform,” he said.

In the front row of every big band performance, the Anderson brothers saw the instrument of their future, the saxophone.

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