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Dr 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  


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


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


  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

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).
  • 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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