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Dr Jamie Oehlers

Associate Dean (Music)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6580
Email: j.oehlers@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.221  

Jamie is a Senior Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Background

Dr Jamie Oehlers is recognised as one of Australia’s leading jazz artists and saxophonists. He was the winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition in Switzerland and has won numerous awards in Australia, including four Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards – one Best Australian Jazz Artist and three for Best Contemporary Jazz Album – an ABC Limelight Award for Best Jazz CD Release, and has been an ARIA Awards finalist for Best Jazz Album. His career has seen him perform throughout the world - New York, London, Paris, Berlin - in India, Switzerland, through the UK, Italy, Ireland, China, Japan. He has released 20 albums, including his latest, ‘Night Music’ which was aligned with his PhD entitled “Developing a Chromatic-Intervallic Approach to Jazz Improvisation Through Reflexive Practice”. He has been Coordinator of Jazz Studies at WAAPA since 2008 and maintains an active performance career on top of his teaching and mentoring.

Research areas and interests

  • Improvisation
  • Practice-led research

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2019.
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Associate Diploma of Performing Arts (Jazz & Contemp Music), Edith Cowan University, 1994.

Research Outputs

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Malet, R., Mitchell, H., Grafton, Z., Cohen, T. (2019). Tension propulsion in melodic improvisation. Melbourne Jazz Festival, Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Festival, JMI (QLD), Ellington Jazz Club, NIMA (NSW), COMA (SA), Smith's Alternative (ACT).
  • Oehlers, J., Malet, R., Vanderwal, B., Mitchell, H., Grafton, Z. (2019). Creating non-conventional harmonic structures through improvised counterpoint.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Matthews, E., Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Vizard, S. (2018). The Space Between. Melbourne Arts Centre.
  • Oehlers, J. (2018). Chromatic Relations - A Study in Tension Variation. Jazzlab (VIC), Paris Cat (VIC), Jazz Basement (NSW), Perth International Jazz Festival (WA), Ellingoton Jazz Club (WA).

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Mitchell, H., Cohen, T., Keller, A., McLean, J., Beck, D., Vanderwal, B., Williamson, P., Hale, C., Keevers, S. (2017). Tension ‘masking’ in jazz improvisation. Perth International Jazz Festival, Uptown Jazz Club (Melb), The Jazz Lab (Melb), St George’s Cathedral, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T. (2017). Improvised Counterpoint. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne; Foundry 616, Sydney; The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth; The Street Theatre, Canberra; The Thirsty Dog, Auckland New Zealand.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Mitchell, H., Guilfoyle, R., Williamson, P. (2016). Intervallic cell displacement in improvised solos. Bennetts Lane, Foundry616, WPAC Theatre, PCC, Uptown Jazz Café.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T. (2016). Innocent Dreamer. Assemblers Records.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Harland, E., Rogers, R. (2015). Extended Chromatic Melody Application within Improvisation. Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Magnusson, S. (2014). Exploring non-traditional jazz ensemble formations - 'Paper Tiger'.. Assemblers Records.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Bernstein, P. (2014). Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehlers Trio. Cultural Centre, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Oehlers, J., Blanchard, T. (2014). Tal Cohen Quartet Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Forrest Chase, Perth.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B. (2014). Los Cabrones at the Perth International Jazz Festival. Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre.
  • Oehlers, J., Bradley, R., Story, M., Derrick, R., Dyne, P., Donlon, M., Holland, O., Gibson, F., Field, K. (2014). New Zealand Collaborations Tour. CJC (Auckland), NZSM Concert Hall (Wellington), The Darkroom (Christchurch).
  • Oehlers, J., Gander, A., McMahon, M., Clarke, B. (2014). Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Andrew Gander. Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney.
  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Magnusson, S. (2014). Paper Tiger CD Release Tour. NIMA (Newcastle), 505 (Sydney), Smiths (Canberra), Uptown Jazz Club (Melbourne).
  • Wilson, A., Oehlers, J., Keevers, S., Hale, C., Evans, J. (2014). Allira Wilson with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet. Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D. (2014). Jamie Oehlers Trio - Beaufort Street Festival and PJS at the Laneway. The City of Stirling Stage, Perth and The Laneway, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Harland, E., Rogers, R. (2014). Oehlers/Harland/Rogers/Grabowsky. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Lo, T., Fernandes, A., Tak Hong, T. (2014). Jazz Saxophone Master. Peel Fresco Music Lounge, Hong Kong.
  • Oehlers, J., Slater, G., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., Robertson, B. (2014). Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Gian Slater. Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Garzone, G. (2014). George Garzone at The Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D. (2014). Lost and Found Again. Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
  • Vinson, W., Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Boneham, A., Vanderwal, B. (2014). Will Vinson/Jamie Oehlers Quartet at the Ellington. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Robson, A., Greening, J., Undy, C., Baker, S. (2014). The Bitter Suite - CD. ABC Records.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mackey, C., Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Robertson, B., Beck, D. (2013). Carl Mackey & Jamie Oehlers Quintet. Bennett's Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Williamson, P., Grabowsky, P., Fischer, D., Robertson, B. (2013). Far Away Here. Uptown Jazz Cafe, Melbourne.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Jeavons, P., Cohen, T. (2013). Tal Cohen Quartet Live. Perth Cultural Centre.
  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Jeans, S., Abbey, N., Vanderwal, B. (2013). Remembrance - The Graham Wood Trio + 2 CD Launch. The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Guilfoyle, R., Guilfoyle, C., Ehlers, R., Aravena, R. (2013). International Collaborations Tour. Bb Flat Jazz Club, Berlin.
  • Oehlers, J., Noy, P., Sherlock, J., Bates, S., Elton, M. (2013). Bopstretch featuring Jamie Oehlers. Uptown Jazz Cafe, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Slater, G., Beck, D., Robertson, D., Cohen, T. (2013). Gian Slater and Jamie Oehlers Quartet. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne.
  • Hekselman, G., Oehlers, J., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B. (2013). Gilad Hekselman with the Jamie Oehlers Trio. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Keevers, S., Aravena, R., Fischer, D., Williamson, P. (2013). The Assemblers. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Abbey, N., Vanderwal, B., Cohen, T., Robertson, B., Fischer, D., Keller, A., Magnusson, S. (2013). Alison Wedding with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne and Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Jeans, S., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B. (2013). Remembrance - The Graham Wood Trio + 2. Graham Wood.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Hurst, R., McMahon, M., Firth, T., Cohen, T., Evans, J., Beck, D. (2012). Robert Hurst with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet - Australian Tour. Bennetts Lane, Ellington Jazz Club, The Promethean, 505 Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Jeavons, P., Goldberg, A. (2012). Jamie Oehlers and Aaron Goldberg. The Ellington Jazz Club (WA) and The Promethean (SA).
  • Oehlers, J., Hoenig, A., Anning, S., Cohen, T. (2012). Smoke and Mirrors. Allan Eaton Studios.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Evans, J., Stack, P. (2012). Jamie Oehlers Smoke and Mirrors CD Release Tour. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Ellington Jazz Club, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Jazzworx Club, 505 Jazz Club, The Loft.
  • Jeavons, P., Vanderwal, B., Wood, G., Oehlers, J. (2012). George Garzone - Perth Winter Arts Festival. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B. (2012). Beaufort Bop - O'Halloran, Oehlers, Vanderwal. Defectors Bar, Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
  • Oehlers, J., Keevers, S. (2012). Jamie Oehlers and Sam Keevers Duo - Grace. The Promethean, Adelaide, S.A..
  • Oehlers, J., Slater, G., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., Robertson, B. (2012). The Differences. Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Undy, C., Firth, T., Vale, C., Russell, H., Evans, J., Robertson, B. (2012). Tal Cohen Quartet Tour. Bennetts Lane, 505, Turnaround Jazz Club, Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Tinkler, S., Oehlers, J., Jeavons, P., Evans, J. (2012). Scott Tinkler at the Ellington August 2012. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Field, K., Bennett, O., Gibson, F., Manins, R. (2012). Jamie Oehlers NZ Quartet at Creative Jazz Club and Auckland University. Britomart 1885 and Auckland University.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Jeavons, P., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Graham Wood Quartet live in Hyde Park. Hyde Park.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Murray, J., Chaplain, I., Rex, P., Schauble, N. (2011). The Bitter Suite - Melbourne. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Barker, S., Greening, J., Undy, C., Robson, A. (2011). The Bitter Suite - Sydney. 505, Sydney.
  • Oehlers, J., Roseman, J., Grabowsky, P., Slater, P., Rex, P., Ball, E., Wilson, T., Williamson, P., Greening, J., Murray, J. (2011). Josh Roseman with the Australian Art Orchestra. Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
  • Garzone, G., Oehlers, J., Wood, G., Anning, S., Hoenig, A. (2011). George Garzone and the Australian Connection - New York. Cornelia St Cafe, New York.
  • Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., Oehlers, J. (2011). Lost and Found - Melbourne. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Slater, G., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., Robertson, B. (2011). Jamie Oehlers and Gian Slater Project. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements. Charles Hotel.
  • Oehlers, J., Wood, G., Vanderwal, B., Garzone, G., Boneham, A. (2011). George Garzone and the Australian Connection - Perth. The Ellington Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P. (2011). Jamie Oehlers and Paul Grabowsky Duo. Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Anning, S., Hoenig, A. (2011). Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Ari Hoenig Tour. Ellington Jazz Club/Melbourne Jazz Festival.
  • Oehlers, J., Frahm, J., Boneham, A., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Jamie Oehlers and Joel Frahm Australian Tour. Ellington Jazz Club/Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Greig, J., Mackey, C., Abbey, N., Evans, J. (2011). The Bitter Suite - Perth. Ellington Jazz Club.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeans, S., Jeavons, P., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements National Tour 2011. Australian Jazz Clubs.
  • Oehlers, J., Tarr, C., Cohen, T., Jeavons, P. (2011). "Yellow Sticker" Tal Cohen Quartet.
  • O'Halloran, T., Oehlers, J., Mackey, C., Jeavons, P., Jeans, S., Vanderwal, B. (2011). Memory of Elements Live. Jazzhead.
  • Oehlers, J., Greig, J. (2011). The Cotton Club - Direction. Geoff Gibbs Theatre.
  • Oehlers, J. (2011). The Worlds Festival. Fremantle Village Stage - The Esplanade.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B., Keevers, S. (2010). Jamie Oehlers Quartet featuring Steve Magnusson. Bennetts Lane.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Anning, S., Vanderwal, B. (2010). On a Clear Day - CD. Allan Eaton Studios.
  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Florrison, K., Falle, B. (2010). Graham Wood Quartet Live at The Perth Jazz Society. Charles Hotel.
  • Wood, G., Anning, S., Garzone, G., Oehlers, J., Hoenig, A. (2010). George Garzone and the Australian Connection. Cornelia St Cafe.
  • Oehlers, J., Harland, E., Grabowsky, P., Rogers, R. (2010). Jamie Oehlers and Eric Harland: Melbourne International Jazz Festival. BMW Edge, Federation Square.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., Abbey, N., Phillips, S. (2010). The New Jamie Oehlers Quartet - various performances. WA/NSW/VIC/SA/QLD.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D. (2010). Lost and Found trio improvisational piece. Speigletent.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J. (2009). Passion - Australian Art Orchestra. Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D. (2009). Electric Lost and Found. Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide.
  • Oehlers, J., Keller, A., Ball, E., Whitehurst, I., Talia, J. (2009). Galumphing around the nation. ABC Studio 345.
  • Oehlers, J., Hannaford, M. (2009). Monk's dream, Ask me now, Crepiscule with Nellie. Jazztrack.
  • Oehlers, J., Weber, G., Marchisella, J., Wren, T. (2009). Everything Must Go CD. Valley Jazz Festival.
  • Oehlers, J. (2009). Liberation Orchestra. BMW Edge, Federation Square.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D. (2008). Lost and Found: Oehlers, Grabowsky and Beck. The Palms at Crown.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J. (2006). You R Here Session 1. A Jazzhead Recording.
  • Oehlers, J. (2006). You R Here Session 2. A Jazzhead Recording.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Oehlers, J., Keevers, S. (2004). Oehlers & Keevers/Grace. A Jazzhead Recording.
  • Oehlers, J. (2004). Jamie Oehlers -The Assemblers. A Jazzhead Recording.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Making the most of life's uncertainty: An analysis of the philosophies and musical language of David Ades
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Analysis and synthesis as a methodology for composing: A practice based composition process inspired by the works of seamus blake and will vinson
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The genre-transcendent saxophonist: Diversifying professional practice through an intradisciplinary collaborative exploration
  • Doctor of Philosophy, An extended application of the pentatonic scale in jazz improvisation
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