Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Generation Y

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Generation Y is a quintet full of the most dynamic young jazz musicians on the scene under 30 years old. This is a diverse group of musicians dedicated to the evolution of jazz music; paying
homage to its early roots while fearlessly propelling the music forward.

Ulysses Owens Jr. has been the driving force behind great artists such as Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, and many others. Through his relationship with these great bandleaders, they taught him a great deal about Art Blakey and Betty Carter, both of whom had bands that became educational institutions and launched the careers of many of today's paradigm-shifting musicians on the jazz scene.

In the past five years, Ulysses career has shifted him from being a "young lion" to grooming the next generation of talent via his performance, production, and educational career. "Generation Y" is the full circle brought to life on stage where Ulysses has selected a new crop of a talent from his professorship at The Juilliard School, and young musicians he has discovered.

The front line of this quintet consists of Alexa Tarantino who is one of the most dynamic Alto Saxophonist, Flutist, and Juilliard Graduate. Drew Anderson who hails from Virginia and a recent graduate of The New School, is incredibly soulful and is very quickly echoing the influences of the Late Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, and will be regarded as part of the lineage of great trumpet players. In the rhythm section, Ulysses met Luther Allison at the Brevard Summer Jazz Institute and was very impressed by his talent and ethic. He is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, under the direction of great educator and bassist Rodney Whitaker. Lastly Philip Norris who has been touring and working with Ulysses for a few years, in between his current studies at The Juilliard School, is quickly becoming one of the most in demand young bassists in New York City.

Generation Y is a dynamic group that will remind audiences of the power of the Jazz Tradition while demonstrating that the future of Jazz is in good hands.
Ulysses Owens Jr. - Drums/ Band Leader
Alexa Tarantino - Saxophone
Drew Anderson - Trumpet
Luther Allison - Piano
Philip Norris - Bass

Recommended for all ages. Senior, Military, and Student discounts available through the box office. All Patrons entering the facility require a ticket including infants. Outside food & beverage are not allowed into the venue. Strollers are not permitted inside the auditorium.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and Assistive Listening Devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, saponte@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).