Ulysses Owens Jr / Bio


Multi Grammy Award winning drummer 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
Terence Blanchard, Kurt Elling, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Maceo Parker, Nicholas
Payton Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin and many others. He is currently the drummer for
Grammy Winning Artists Christian McBride, Nnenna Freelon, and Ted Nash. Ulysses was
also very fortunate to receive 2010 Grammy Award for his performance on Kurt Elling’s
“Dedicated To You”, and a 2012 Grammy Award for Christian McBride’s Big Band Album
“The Good Feeling”. He has toured extensively internationally 7 of the 8 continents of the

He is an educator and serves as Artistic Director 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 empower them for new possibilities in life. He has just released his sophomore
project for the European Jazz label Criss Cross, featuring Christian McBride, Nicholas
Payton, Jaleel Shaw, Mike Dease and Christian Sands, and had two sold out shows with his
band the week of his CD release at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, on
February 13th, 2012.

As a composer Ulysses has been fortunate to receive multiple commissions from various
organizations such as The Kennedy Center for Performing arts and most recently the
Grammy-Winning String Quartet, ETHEL. They have been awarded grants from both The
Jerome Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts requesting Ulysses to
compose two original works for String Quartet that premiere in NYC in December of 2012,
and February of 2013.

As a producer Ulysses has within his 3rd year of production already produced three amazing
albums for 3 emerging artists, Jeremiah Abiah, Matthew Rybicki, and Mike Cottone. All
three have already been released this and are receiving rave reviews have maintained strong
positions on the Jazz Charts. He has five new albums slated for production this year in
which he will be producing five emerging vocalists and by Spring 2013 will be released and
distributed nationally.

Ulysses feels incredibly blessed to be 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

General Info

Band Members
Christian Sands, Christian McBride, Matthew Rybicki , Alicia Olatuja, Tim Green, Sullivan Fortner
Artist Name
Ulysses Owens Jr
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New York, NY