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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.