I'm so in love with this cat. A very well-spoken, well-studied young brother, and extremely soulful to boot. He let the music come to him. That's an extreme rarity for drummers of ANY age! I predict Ulysseys is going to be one of the next major cats.
In May 2006, Ulysses "Bim" Owens Jr. completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.
His interest in percussion began at the tender age of two when he began experimenting with the drums from his beginnings in church. His youth and inability to read music made it difficult to secure an instructor to enhance what had been identified as a "natural ability." While opportunities to study other instruments were given, it was no doubt that the drums were and are his true love. At the age of 8 his opportunity to receive instruction finally came, and he not only studied classical percussion and drum set, but studied classical piano for over 10yrs. This assisted him greatly in his reading and comprehension of melody and harmony, which gives his playing a unique sensitivity and musical awareness.
His interest and enthusiasm for the drums has never wavered and because of this; He 's had opportunities to perform with some of the world's finest , including Wynton Marsalis, Vanessa Rubin, Audrey McDonald, Michael Feinstein, Regina Carter, Benny Golson Eric Reed, and many others.
He's currently touring with various artists such as, Kurt Elling, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Ciacca and the Legendary Count Basie Jazz Orchestra; which have performing in venues nationally and internationally. Through his experiences he's obtained endorsements from Yamaha Drums, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Inc.
Joining in a partnership with these companies has enabled him to venture into the educational circuit through conducting clinics, internationally in such countries as Costa Rica, Portugal,Japan, Israel, Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, and Portugal as well as all over the U.S. teaching grade levels, K-12. Ulysses also is a consultant, and artist for The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in Snowmass Colorado under the direction of Christian McBride, Joe Lang, and Jim Horowitz, in which he travels annually and conducts clinics and concerts with this organization, where educating students throughout the world about Jazz is the central goal.
He also serves on the jazz faculty at The Calhoun School in NYC, and maintains a private teaching studio in New York City, and Jacksonville Florida, at his school, USOJazzy School of Music. Ulysses is also in the process of preparing to record his debut Cd in January of 2009, featuring Mulgrew Miller, and many others.
Ulysses' vision is to continue operating in the area of philanthropy and combining all of his talents, furthering his vision of healing the world with the wonderful gift of music, and education.
With his humble attitude, charisma, and vast knowledge, Ulysses will continue in great success.