Jamie Ousley has been one of the most in-demand bassists in south Florida since he moved to Miami in the fall of 1998 to attend graduate school in the prestigious Jazz program of the University of Miami. He has since completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Bass Performance and continues to perform and teach both locally and internationally. He is currently the Instructor of Jazz Bass at Florida International University.
Jamie has released two CDs as leader: O Sorriso Dela (2008) and Back Home (2010). Both were recorded in Japan and Miami and feature primarily original compositions. Back Home reached #10 on the Jazz Roots national radio chart. Of Jamie’s original music, Chuck Vecoli of JazzReview writes, “The compositions are all deeply spiritual pieces. . .They approach timelessness.”
Jamie has performed with many artists including: Ira Sullivan, Benny Golson, George Shearing, James Moody, Eddie Higgins, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, John Fedchock, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeeley, Nestor Torres, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Carmen Lundy, Harry Allen, Bob Berg, Duffy Jackson, Steve Davis, Adam Nussbaum, Vic Damone, Nicole Henry, Annie Sellick, Suzanne Somers, Stephanie Nakasian, Hod O’Brien, Wycliffe Gordon, Johnny O’Neil, Jason Marsalis and Les DeMerle.
Jamie has had the pleasure of performing for many celebrities, dignitaries, and heads of state including: President Bill Clinton, Governor Jeb Bush, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, King Kigeli V of Rwanda, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia, Janet Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Gloria Estefan, Heidi Klum, and the Dalai Lama.
Jamie has performed at many international jazz festivals and locations including: the Ballydehob International Jazz Festival in Ireland, the Montego Bay Jazz Festival in Jamaica, Festival Mizik Jakmel in Haiti, Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern Switzerland, the Berlington Vermont Jazz Festival, “Jazz in June” in Lincoln Nebraska, Festival Miami, the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York and Los Angeles, and at “Azul” in Osaka, Japan.
Jamie has studied music in the studios of Patrick Simpson, Don Coffman, Lucas Drew, and Vince Maggio. He has degrees from the following universities:
• B.A. Major in Music from Virginia Tech (1998)
• M.M. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami (2000)
• D.M.A. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami (2008)