Jamie Oehlers: “Everything we do is enveloped in the arts, from the music we hear on the radio, the television shows we watch, the community events that draw people together, the phone we put in our hand. Art is all around us and inspires new thought and communication. This is how we create an identity as a national – not through digging up coal.”
From the media release Magnusson/Oehlers/Vanderwal “Paper Tiger” CD launch tour 2014 In 2013 these three fine musicians got together to perform and enjoyed the results so much they coaxed each other to go into the studio and record an album. Once in there, with the red light on they couldn’t stop, they tied the sound …
Just as the album’s title is both brooding and punning, so the music is in a constant flux of what, were it writing, we would call ‘tone’. Grabowsky can seem to create a pastiche of an idiom out of which a deep truth will grow in the improvising, while a more solemn-sounding piece will spawn sly asides and dramatic jolts from the players, or perhaps contain an unexpectedly curdled harmony.
This second Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) commencing Friday 9th and concluding Sunday 11th May seemed to be an unqualified success. If key indicators included engaging the populace, developing on last year’s inaugural festival, presenting a variety of styles and venues, presenting music more challenging and innovative than may be heard in Perth on a weekly basis then all boxes could be ticked.
APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the AMC (Australian Music Centre) are proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Art Music Awards, an event which celebrates the outstanding achievements of composers, performers and educators in the dynamic fields of contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.
Oehlers’ original compositions call to mind late night smoky jazz sounds, with focus on sultry ballads, forthright melody and Coltrane-esque moments.
David Ades – He’s been touring his CD A Glorious Uncertainty this year and this video catches him playing at The Ellington Jazz Club in Perth.
Pianist Sam Keevers and tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers play a movingly delicate rendition of Sam Keever’s tune ‘Simple Pleasures’
George Garzone is appearing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with The Fringe in June 2012. Jamie Oehlers is also appearing at the festival with his trio. See the Links page for appearances by Jamie and George at MIJF > George Garzone is known world-wide as one of the tenor saxophone’s finest educators and players. …
Read our recent review of On a Clear Day, the Jamie Oehlers / Paul Grabowsky Jazzhead release of jazz standards. Review by Peter Kenneally.
There are two approaches usually taken to standards: either a polite respectful caressing, which tries to leach the banality out of the old chestnut, or a gut busting ‘I can make any tune do anything I want’ assault. This recording ignores both, and goes its own way right from the start…