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Multi-GRAMMY Award Winner, Ulysses Owens Jr., Talks of Jazz and Students

Modern Drummer - Must have Gear with Ulysses Owens Jr. 

Coastal Jazz's Monthly Concert with Ulysses Owens, Jr. @Ben Tucker Pavilion at Westin Savannah Golf Resort & Spa

THE POST AND COURIER - Quentin Baxter presents a new 3-concert jazz series on Kiawah

Fascinating rhythm - Grammy winner mentors Clay band students

Jazz Corner - Pianist Ryan Slatko Releases Debut Album "First Impressions" That Features Original Works And Line-Up Of Leading Artists

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The Playlist: Gregory Porter Celebrates Nat King Cole and 8 More New Songs

Gregory Porter’s new album “Nat King Cole and Me” pays tribute to one of his strongest influences. Read more here >

Falling Forward with Ulysses Owens Jr.

Ulysses Owens Jr.'s recent release "Falling Forward" is a wonderful vibraphone trio exploration, following the spirit of other great vibe trio albums such as Gary Burton's "New Vibe Man in Town" and Victor Feldman's "The Arrival of Victor Feldman". Read more here >

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People want music: Ulysses Owens Speaks / Jazz Speaks

Ulysses Owens Jr. is indisputably one of the most sought-after drummers and producers of his generation. Longtime sideman for Christian McBride and Kurt Elling, Owens breathes air and life into the drums, with crisp, decisive strokes. Read more here >

Ulysses Owens Jr. In Conversation With Ruth Fish Listen Here>

The New York City Jazz Record Reviews Falling Forward

On his latest album, Ulysses Owens, Jr. eschews the usual prerogatives of the drummer as leader, forgoing bombastic showcases for his prowess and not showcasing his own compositions, although his astute arranging chops are amply demonstrated. Read more here >

Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

When not working as a sideman for the bassist Christian McBride, Mr. Owens, a drummer, has been quietly compiling an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader. Read more here >

Ulysses Owens Jr. and New Century Jazz Quintet Celebrate Many Things At Jazz Standard (Show Review)

Led by the Grammy-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. and the pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, the Quintet allowed few rests, save for the occasional audience interaction. “We are celebrating many things,” Owens said, after opening with the album’s joyous up-tempo title track. “I love these guys very deeply.” Read More >

Jazz 90.1 with Ulysses Owens Jr.

Derrick had a thoughtful conversation with Ulysses Owens Jr. outside Christ Church at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! Watch here >

And on Drums, Jazzmen Who Take The Lead

His background explains why he might need to stress that idea. At 31, he has been heard backing the singer Kurt Elling and others, but his flagship affiliation is with the bassist Christian McBride, in a trio and big band that both stand on a bedrock of tradition. Read More >

New Group Dont Miss A Beat to Release New Album "My Destiny" on July 28th, 2017

The debut album comprises twelve original compositions written and recorded by the center’s production team, and performance troupe called the “Don’t Miss A Beat All Stars”; it was produced this past April in Manhattan, NY. Read More >

Owens and Friends Honor Ellington at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

In a celebration of “Ellington And Beyond,” the immensely talented drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. and his equally brilliant quartet brought a bold, endearing vision of the Duke’s music to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Manhattan on April 29–30 as part of the International Jazz Day festivities. Read More >

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Onward and Upward

There’s such a sense of ease to Ulysses Owens’ third album as a leader, you know the 31-year-old drummer has strongly benefited from his work as a sideman with such high-profile artists as Christian McBride, Kurt Elling and Mulgrew Miller. A collection of relaxed-in-the-groove numbers including three pop-soul covers, Onward and Upward invests heavily in airy melodies even as Owens asserts himself rhythmically. Read More >