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Mr Jamie Oehlers

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6580, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.111
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6580
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.111  



Recognised as one of Australia s leading jazz musicians, Jamie Oehlers was the winner of the World Saxophone Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2003, judged by Charles Lloyd, Bruce Lundvall (Blue Note Records) and Jean Toussaint amongst others. He has won numerous awards in Australia, including Australian Jazz Awards for Best Australian Jazz Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz Album, a James Morrison Scholarship, a Western Australian Music Industry Award for International Achievement, has been nominated for a Mo Award for Best Jazz Instrumentalist, Australian Young Achiever of the Year Award, and has twice been a finalist in the Australian Recording Industry Award s for Best Jazz Album. He has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, BBC London Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra in India, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Galway Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales, Jazz Alive Festival in New Zealand, most major festivals in Australia and jazz clubs throughout the world. In 2004, Jamie performed a week long residency at Ronnie Scott s Jazz Club in London and in the last 2 years has performed in the United States, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Ireland and throughout the UK.

Jamie has released a number of CD s including his most recent recordings “Lost and Found” with Paul Grabowsky and Dave Beck, “You R Here” Sessions 1 & 2 featuring James Muller and Scott Tinkler with his Double Drummer Ensemble, “Assemblers” and “Grace” (all on Jazzhead Records) and also “Blowfish featuring Alison Wedding”, “Velocity” and“Strut”.

Besides being a graduate of WAAPA, Jamie furthered his studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston. He has also studied under some of the world s finest jazz musicians in New York City, including Dave Liebman, George Coleman, Hal Crook and George Garzone. Jamie has performed with leading international jazz artists like Charlie Haden, Ari Hoenig Quartet, The Brodsky Quartet, Jamie Cullum, Geri Allen, George Garzone, Bob Hurst, Eric Harland, Ronnie Scott, Cindy Blackman, Peter Leitch, John and Jeff Clayton, Curtis Lundy, Eddie Marshal, Bobby Shew and Australian jazz icons Dale Barlow, Renee Geyer, Barney Mcall, Kate Ceberano, Bernie McGann, Paul Grabowsky, Scott Tinkler and Joe Chindamo.

Jamie has been a tutor at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University in Melbourne, and has held saxophone and improvisation workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK. In 2008 he became Coordinator of Jazz Studies at WAAPA in Perth.


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

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional 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).
  • 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.
  • 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., Mitchell, H., Guilfoyle, R., Williamson, P., (2016), Intervallic cell displacement in improvised solos. Soul Train, Spectrum Now Festival, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues festival, PIJF, MIJF, Bennetts Lane, Foundry616, WPAC Theatre, PCC, Uptown Jazz Café.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Harland, E., Rogers, R., (2015), Extended Chromatic Melody Application within Improvisation., Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
  • Vinson, W., Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Boneham, A., Vanderwal, B., (2014), Will Vinson/Jamie Oehlers Quartet at the Ellington. Will Vinson live at the Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Wil Vinson.
  • 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., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., Bernstein, P., (2014), Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehlers Trio. Peter Bernstein with Jamie Oehler's Trio at the Perth International Jazz Festival, Cultural Centre, Perth, PIJF.
  • Tarr, C., Jeavons, P., Oehlers, J., Blanchard, T., (2014), Tal Cohen Quartet Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Forrest Chase, Perth, Perth International Jazz Festival.
  • Oehlers, J., Slater, G., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., Robertson, B., (2014), Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Gian Slater. Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Gian Slater, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Beck, D., (2014), Lost and Found Again. Lost and Found, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative.
  • Wilson, A., Oehlers, J., Keevers, S., Hale, C., Evans, J., (2014), Allira Wilson with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet. Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Allira Wilson, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.
  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Magnusson, S., (2014), Exploring non-traditional jazz ensemble formations - 'Paper Tiger'. Paper Tiger, Assemblers Records, Assemblers Records.
  • Tarr, C., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., (2014), Los Cabrones at the Perth International Jazz Festival. The Perth International Jazz Festival, Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre .
  • Oehlers, J., O'Halloran, T., Susnjar, D., (2014), Jamie Oehlers Trio - Beaufort Street Festival and PJS at the Laneway. Beaufort Street Festival 2014 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. Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, ABC FM.
  • Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Magnusson, S., (2014), Paper Tiger CD Release Tour. Paper Tiger, NIMA (Newcastle), 505 (Sydney), Smiths (Canberra), Uptown Jazz Club (Melbourne).
  • Oehlers, J., Gander, A., McMahon, M., Clarke, B., (2014), Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Andrew Gander. Jamie Oehlers Quartet with Andrew Gander, Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Sydney Improvised Music Assoc..
  • Wood, G., Oehlers, J., Vanderwal, B., Florisson, K., Garzone, G., (2014), George Garzone at The Ellington. George Garzone at The Ellington, The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth.
  • Oehlers, J., Lo, T., Fernandes, A., Tak Hong, T., (2014), Jazz Saxophone Master. Jazz Saxophone Master, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, Hong Kong.
  • Oehlers, J., Cohen, T., (2016), Innocent Dreamer. Innocent Dreamer, Australia, Assemblers Records.
  • Oehlers, J., Grabowsky, P., Robson, A., Greening, J., Undy, C., Baker, S., (2014), The Bitter Suite - CD. The Bitter Suite, ABC Studios, Sydney, ABC Records.
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