The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center presents “Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y,” April 14 at 8 p.m.

Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y, at SDCAC April 14, is a quintet of young jazz musicians hand-picked for this one-of-a-kind world concert tour.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) hosts “Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y” on April 14 at 8 p.m. The quintet of young, dynamic jazz musicians handpicked for millennials are under 30 years old and are led by one of the jazz world’s most talented drummers, educators and producers, Ulysses Owens Jr.

For this tour, Owens presents a new generation of gifted young musicians whom he discovered through his teaching position at the Juilliard School in New York. Training the next generation of talent through his performance, production and educational career, Owens shines a light on this diverse group of artists dedicated to the evolution of jazz music and pays homage to its roots.

“From Miami and San Francisco to Bern, Switzerland, the 2022 edition of Generation Y not only showcases the magnificent talent of Ulysses Owens Jr., but reminds us of the power of jazz tradition,” said Eric Fliss. , general manager of South Miami. -Dade arts cultural center. “Perhaps more importantly, it also demonstrates that the future of jazz is in good hands.”

The quintet is made up of band leader Owens himself on drums, as well as:

  • Juilliard graduate Alexa Tarantinoalto saxophonist and dynamic flautist;
  • The incredibly soulful Drew Anderson on trumpet, a recent graduate of The New School who quickly echoes the influences of Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis.
  • Pianist Luther Allison, a recent graduate of Michigan State University under the great pedagogue and bassist Rodney Whitaker, who impressed Ulysses at the Brevard Summer Jazz Institute; and
  • Philip Norris toured with Ulysses between his current studies at the Juilliard School and is quickly becoming one of New York’s most “in-demand” young bassists.

Advertised as a “powerhouse of a showman” (Sliding magazine) and a drummer who “take[s] a backseat for no one” (The New York Times), Owens goes to the limit in the world of jazz and beyond. In addition to five GRAMMY-nominated albums, the two Jazziz Magazine and rolling stone selected his album “Songs of Freedom” as one of the ten best albums of 2019; and in 2021, his latest Big Band release, “Soul Conversations”, was voted Best Album in May 2021 by Jazziz.

When he’s not serving as director of a small ensemble on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Owens is busy creating online jazz drumming video lessons and hosting the hit weekly YouTube series, “From The Drummer’s Perspective”. As an author, Owens has also written several articles for highly regarded music industry publications and educational books on music business entrepreneurship.

Mr. Fliss added: “Ulysses Owens Jr. remains one of the most sought-after drummers, educators and thought leaders of his generation, but it is his dedication to ‘give back’ and make a huge difference in life. young, budding artists who deeply touches the hearts of jazz lovers around the world.

Ulysses Owens Jr. Millennials are recommended for all ages. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Food and drinks from outside are not allowed in the room. Strollers are not allowed inside the auditorium. Discounts for children (under 12), seniors, students, military and groups (10 and over) are available by phone or in person at the Center ticket office.

General admission tickets are available for $40 to $55. For more information, call (786) 573-5300 or visit

About South Miami-Dade Cultural Center for the Arts

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with financial support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office and County Board of Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to showcasing and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. For more information about the Center and its programs, visit

It is Miami-Dade County’s policy to comply with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the main stage auditorium and Black Box theater space. To request accessible format materials, sign language interpreters, CART, and/or any accommodations to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, stephanie.aponte, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users can also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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