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Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Multi-Grammy Award Winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a Juilliard graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in Jazz Studies. He has performed with world-class musicians including Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Maceo Parker, Nicholas Payton and Dianne Reeves to name a few.

In 2010 Ulysses received his first Grammy Award for his performance on Kurt Elling's Dedicated To You,and in 2012 his second Grammy Award for Christian McBride's Big Band Album The Good Feeling. Currently, Ulysses is touring as the drummer for Grammy Winning Artists Christian McBride,Nnenna Freelon, and Ted Nash.

His 2009 debut recording It's Time For U featured several original compositions and arrangements. Critics shared “It's Time For U not only elicits Owens talent to keep the music mobile and ramp up the songs dynamics with well-positioned solos, but the use of vocals on some of the tracks deepens the album's luster”. His second album, Unanimous, released in 2012 on European jazz label Criss Cross features Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Jaleel Shaw, Mike Dease and Christian Sands. Unanimous has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as “...the best jazz album of 2012” selling out performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and the Exodus to Jazz Series in Rochester, NY.

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