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Ulysses Owens Jr. & Generation Y

June 29 @6:30pm

Generation Y is a band concept that was conceived back in 2019 with the goal promoting the next generation of dynamic talent from the top music conservatories in NYC and beyond. Led by Ulysses Owens Jr. who is a multi Grammy Award-winning Drummer, Producer, Educator, Author and Cultural Entrepreneur. Serving at The Juilliard School in the role of Small Ensemble Director within the Jazz Department for the last eight years, has given Ulysses a front row seat to this Generation’s top talent. Ulysses Owens Jr., has been the driving force behind such great artists as Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Joey Alexander and many others. Through his relationship with these great bandleaders he learned of the legacy of Art Blakey and Betty Carter, both of whom were renowned for their own bands (which became educational institutions) and launched the careers of many of today’s paradigm-shifting musicians on the jazz scene. Generation Y is an updated model of the Jazz Messengers, and many of these band members also perform in Ulysses’ big band.


Ulysses Owens Jr. & Generation Y



National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street
Fourth Stage


Event Date: June 29 @6:30pm


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