Ulysses Owens Jr.

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 in Jazz Studies.

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.

Of his 2009 debut album, critics said “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, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as “…the best jazz album of 2012.”

Ulysses is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Don’t Miss A Beat, his family’s non-profit organization, the core mission of which is to blend music and art with focus on academic achievement, civic engagement and to inspire and empower inner city students to strive for their dream.

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