•  Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2024
     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Modelled on bands like Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers,  “Generation Y” celebrates the importance of mentorship within jazz and the arts at large. Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr teams up with a quintet featuring the next generation of emerging jazz talent. Ulysses has been on faculty at Juilliard in the role of Small Ensemble Director for over seven years and this ignited his desire to play with a younger collective of outstanding musicians. Their energy is high, their creative outlook is fresh, and the result is a high calibre, seriously swinging band with Ulysses at the helm.

Ulysses Owens Jr. has also garnered acclaim for his contributions to GRAMMY Award-winning albums by Kurt Elling and The Christian McBride Big Band. Additionally, he has been part of five Grammy-nominated albums with Joey Alexander, the Christian McBride Trio, John Beasley’s Monk’estra, and Gregory Porter. Jazziz and Rolling Stone Magazines both selected his album “Songs of Freedom” as one of the Top Ten Albums of 2019, and in 2021, his latest Big Band release, “Soul Conversations,” was voted the top album in May by JazzIz Magazine and received rave reviews.

The group released their debut album ‘A New Beat’ on January 19, 2024 via the Cellar Music Group.

Band members

Ulysses Owens Jr. - drums
Thomas Milovac - bass
Tyler Bullock - piano
Erena Terakubo - saxophone
Benny Benack III - trumpet

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