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Ulysses Owens Jr.
Ulysses Owens
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  • Band/Affiliation: Kurt Elling / Christian Mcbride / Toshiko Akiyoshi / Russell Malone / Mulgrew Miller
  • Country: United States
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Ulysses is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a 2006 graduate of The Juilliard School with a Bachelors of Music degree with a concentration in Jazz Studies. He has performed with many world-class musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Audrey McDonald and many others. He is currently the drummer for Grammy Winning Artists Kurt Elling, and Christian McBride. Ulysses is also very fortunate to receive 2010 Grammy Award for his performance on Kurt Elling's "Dedicated To You.". He has toured extensively internationally in countries such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Netherlands, Norway, French Guyana, South Africa, Europe, and other places globally.

He is an educator and serves as artistic consultant for his family's 501 (c) 3 organization Don't Miss A Beat Inc, in which they encourage inner-city students in Jacksonville Florida about the arts to discourage them from violence. Ulysses exclusively plays and endorses Yamaha Drums, Craviotto Snare Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Protechtor Cases, and Vic Firth Drumsticks. He also just completed and released his debut album "It's Time For U," and is receiving great reviews and responses internationally. Ulysses feels incredibly blessed to be granted the vast opportunities that he has accomplished. He feels that He has truly been chosen not only to compose music, but also to perform and educate others of this wonderful creation. Hoping to continue with his philosophy of "Give the gift of music, receive the gift of life."

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