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Ulysses Owens Jr. At The Jazz Corner

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Ulysses Owens Jr.The Jazz Corner Songs of Love Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaFebruary 15-16, 2019 It was a pleasure to hear a group of skillful, energetic, and highly-educated young musicians at Hilton Head Island's Jazz Corner, led by master musician and two-time Grammy winner (including one for his work with Christian McBride band) Ulysses Owens Jr.. Bassist Philip Norris recently completed his studies at Juilliard and is now touring around the world, while vibraphonist ...

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Justin Varnes & Ulysses Owens Jr at The Jazz Corner

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Justin Varnes / Ulysses Owens Jr. The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC September 21-22, 2018 The special relationship between jazz drummers and bass players could never have been more obvious than on two consecutive weekends at The Jazz Corner in September 2018. Holding down the rhythm and bass line together, the players don't always receive the exposure they deserve. That omission was resoundingly rectified. On September 21 & 22, drummer Justin Varnes ...

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Ulysses Owens, Jr.: Falling Forward

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Amidst a successful trajectory as a sought-after drummer with some of the premier jazz bands in the business, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has decided to take a giant step outside his comfort zone with Falling Forward, his fourth venture as leader. In a radical departure from typical jazz ensemble configurations, the assembled group consists of Owens, bassist Reuben Rogers, and vibraphonist Joel Ross, known collectively as Three. The instrumental sparseness is an obvious intent to expand individual contributions, as the triangular ...

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Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

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The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it also speaks of the protean pulsations produced by one of the instrument's rising stars. Owens' musical odyssey has taken him from ...


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