In the late 70's through the early 80's, all the brothers were born on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. Their family had a strong musical legacy that span the city. In 1986, their father formed Phil Cohran and th Youth Ensemble. The eight brothers performed with their mothers, older brothers and sisters, as well as their father, Kelan Phil Cohran ( co-founder of AACM, Sun Ra's lead trumpeter, mentor to the Pharoah's, later known as Earth Wind and Fire). After honing their technique on stage, the older brothers undertook music scholarship from universities abroad (Clark Atlanta Univ., Langston Univ.). The younger ones took to the streets of Chicago earning money by playing music of their own.
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