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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 with concentration in Jazz Studies. He has performed with world-class musicians including Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Maceo Parker, Nicholas Payton and Dianne Reeves to name a few. 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. His 2009 debut recording It's Time For U featured several original compositions and arrangements

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Soul Conversations

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Two Bass Hit; London Towne; Beardom X; Red Chair; Giant Steps; Language of Flowers; Human Nature; Girl Talk; Harlem Harlem Harlem; Soul Conversations.

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Give It All You Got

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Sliver Of Silver; The Next Level; Parker's Fancy; Word To The Wise; Dave's Boogie-Down; Ritmo De Brevard; Lake Toxaway Getaway; Zanderfied; Climb The Mountain; Transylvania County Funk Parade

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KINETIC

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

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Article: Album Review

Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band: Soul Conversations

Read "Soul Conversations" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Big Band comes out swinging on its debut recording, Soul Conversations, thundering through Michael Dease's incendiary arrangement of the Dizzy Gillespie/John Lewis flame-thrower, “Two Bass Hit." For more such heat, however, the listener must move forward to Track 5, John Coltrane's impulsive “Giant Steps," thence to Track 9 for Charles Turner III's ...

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MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Steve-O; Sam Rivers; Monk's Mood; Donna Lee; Song For Dub; Five Spot; Implication; Intermission; Masekela; Rhythm-A-Ning/Evidence; Off Minor; Be.YOU.tiful; Locomotive; Come Sunday.

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A Lot of Livin' to Do

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Lot of Livin' to Do' Won't You Be My Neighbor; What the World Needs Now; It's You I Like; New Born Blues; Irrepressible; Where Is the Love; Gravy Waltz; The Shadow of Your Smile; Later On; Sub-Zero.

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Article: Radio

I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa ...

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Article: Radio

Hell's Bells - That Special Time of Year

Read "Hell's Bells - That Special Time of Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Includes more holiday songs penned by women as the season is in full swing, with Christmas albums from B3 Kings, Martina DaSilva, Dan Chmielinski, Noel & Maria and new releases from Rez Abbasi and Isabelle Olivier, Carmen Souza, Iro Haarla, plus birthday shout outs to Cassandra Wilson (pictured), Sylvia Syms, Dave Brubeck, Cory Weeds, Kerry Marsh, ...

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Article: Radio

Sweet And Low Down

Read "Sweet And Low Down" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A two hour broadcast with new releases from the legendary Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, guitarists Amanda Monaco and Doug MacDonald, a single from Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science and vocalists Claudia Villela and Kate Vargas, with birthday shout outs to George Gershwin, Lee Wiley (pictured) and Alison Wedding, among others. Also a preview ...


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