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Jamie Oehlers

Education Western Australian Conservatorium of Music Berklee College of Music, Boston Private Study in US with Dave Liebman, George Garzone, George Coleman, Hal Crook. Festivals International Festivals - JVC Jazz Festival (New York), BBC London Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra Festival (India), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Galway Jazz festival, Bray Jazz Festival (Ireland), Manila Jazz festival (Philipines), Villa Celimontana (Italy), Jazz Alive Festival (New Zealand). Australian Festivals - Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Fremantle Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Darwin Fringe Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Sydney Festival, Festival of Perth, Glenelg Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Half Bent Music Festival and many more Performances Jamie has performed in the United States, Asia, India, UK, Europe, New Zealand and throughout Australia with leading international jazz artists like Ronnie Scott, Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Eric Harland, Cindy Blackman, John and Jeff Clayton, Curtis Lundy, Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Bobby Shew, Renee Geyer, Barney Mcall, Scott Tinkler, Joe Chindamo and James Morrison, and with groups like the Australian Art Orchestra, Sam Keevers Octet, Paul Grabowsky Quintet and Quartet, Blowfish and the Paul Williamson Sextet. In 2004 Jamie's quartet performed a week long residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London


Winner of the 2003 White Foundation World Saxophone Competition

Winner of 2007 Bell Award for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year

Winner of 2007 Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Cd Release "You R Here" Vol 2

Winner of 2006 Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz CD Release "Assemblers"

Winner of James Morrison Scholarship

Nominated for MO Award for Best Jazz Instrumentalist 2004

Western Australian Music Award for National/International Achievement

Scholarship to Berklee School of Music, Boston

Final Nominee for Best Jazz Release, ARIA Awards 1998 and 2005


Album Review

Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Barry O'Sullivan

The music on The Eye is the First Circle is undeniably outstandingly composed and arranged by Vanessa Perica. Her second outing--following Love is A Temporary Madness (Self released, 2020)--with another supersonic ensemble, it was superbly recorded at the Sing Sing East Studios in Melbourne, showcasing numerous flawlessly performed solos by some of Australia's best improvising musicians. The bandleader, composer and arranger has created explosively expressionistic charts which would bring out the best in any orchestra. Perica utilises the chosen voices ...

Album Review

Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a review of Love Is a Temporary Madness, the debut recording by Australian composer/arranger Vanessa Perica, the observation was made that “Perica's impact in the realm of big-band jazz should be anything but temporary." Perica's second album, The Eye Is the First Circle, has added an exclamation point to that assertion. Again, each of the album's seven numbers was written and arranged by Perica. And again, she has shown that she deserves to be in the ...

Radio & Podcasts

Australian Jazz Fusion In The Spotlight 2000-2010

Read "Australian Jazz Fusion In The Spotlight 2000-2010" reviewed by Len Davis

Australian jazz fusion with guitarist Glenn Cannon, drummer Sam Aliano, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, guitarist Jack Pantazis and Melbourne band Logic. Playlist Glenn Cannon “Cave of the Forgotten" from Clockwork (Self Produced) 00:00 Sam Aliano “Blue Skies On Mars" from Emalgamation (Vorticity) 07:37 EQ “Drop D Jazz" from EQ (Vorticity) 15:29 Jamie Oehlers “Side Car" from You Are Here Session 1 (Jazz Head) 23:06 Jack Pantazis “I'm Outta Here" from With The Little We Have (Self Produced) 30:56 Steve ...

Album Review

Vanessa Perica: Love is a Temporary Madness

Read "Love is a Temporary Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as the year 2020 has slid ignobly into the dustbin of history, music-lovers have been buoyed by a number of encouraging signs that the future of big-band jazz is in capable hands. While splendid recordings by old hands Mike Barone, Steve Spiegl, Mark Masters and Maria Schneider have helped keep the flame burning brightly, their customary artistry has been rivaled if not surpassed this year by relative newcomers such as Jeremy Levy, Seth Weaver, Lisa Maxwell, Jon Schapiro, Dennis ...

Album Review

Vanessa Perica Orchestra: Love is a Temporary Madness

Read "Love is a Temporary Madness" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da Melbourne ci giunge quest'impressionante debutto orchestrale di Vanessa Perica, bandleader e compositrice che guida una formazione con i migliori jazzmen australiani di nuova generazione. Anche se geograficamente distante dal nostro emisfero, il jazz prodotto in Australia e Nuova Zelanda ha sempre mantenuto connessioni con le tendenze e le espressioni nate negli Stati Uniti, esprimendo notevoli musicisti come i pianisti Mike Nock e Chris Abrahams, i batteristi Tony Buck e Ben Vanderwal, il chitarrista Tony Barnard, il ...

Album Review

Jamie Oehlers' Double Drummer Group: You R Here

Read "You R Here" reviewed by Bev Stapleton

After years of neglect, it would seem as if the electric jazz of the 1970s is finally coming back into favour. With direct explorations of the Miles Davis legacy by Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith and Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra, plus the creation of new music in this style by Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, the rejection of electricity by the neo-conservatives of the '80s has finally been pushed aside, opening up once-forbidden areas for fresh exploration. ...

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Enter the Jazzhead Records "Oehlers / Grabowsky / Beck - Lost and Found" Giveaway Contest

Enter the Jazzhead Records "Oehlers / Grabowsky / Beck - Lost and Found" Giveaway Contest

Source: All About Jazz

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Jazzhead Records “Oehlers/Grabowsky/Beck - Lost and Found“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on July 19th. Click here to enter the contest

(Following Jamie Oehlers at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.)

Good luck! Your Friends at Jazzhead Records

About Lost and Found Lost and Found is a collaboration between three of Australia's finest improvisers, multi award-winning saxophonist ...

Author: John Clare
Date: 25/11/2006
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Session Two: Jamie Oehlers Double Drummer Group (Jazzhead)

Many of the lurching, battered heroes of hard rock roar on with surprising potency; and so do those of free jazz, as this year's Wangaratta Festival of Jazz proved.

The spirit is taken up by new generations, but rarely with such energy as here. Powered by drummers Simon Barker and Ben Vanderwal and buoyed by Rodrigo Aravena's bass, the themes and improvisations come at you with exhilarating force. These hurricanes can evaporate suddenly in ethereal passages. Here the piano of Sam Keevers steps on air, sustained by a kind of harmonic anti-gravity. Tenor saxophonist Oehlers and trumpeter Scott Tinkler are currently at a peak, especially on this disc. After Oehlers's unaccompanied solo on track three, the band crashes in like a building falling on you. On track five, guitarist James Muller duels with Tinkler. This music does something very different with time and space.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Advanced only


Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne)

Monash University (Melbourne)

Workshops in the UK, Ireland and throughout Australia and New Zealand



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Ritual Diamonds

Earshift Music


Love is a Temporary...

Self Produced


Lost and Found



You R Here



Far Away Here: Paul...

Jazzhead (Australia)



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