For more than 40 years, Jamie Oldaker built a career in the music industry as one of the world’s most respected drummers, producers and a discoverer of talent. Jamie died July 16, 2020, after battling cancer.
Jamie was raised in Tulsa, and was inspired by his father, a former drummer. As a boy, he grew up listening to Benny Goodman’s drummer, Gene Krupa, as well as John Phillips Souza. After seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, Jamie knew his calling. Both of his parents were supportive and tolerant of the never-ending line of musicians jamming in the family’s home.
After high school, Jamie left Tulsa for St. Louis to perform with famed Trumpeter Phil Driscoll. It was with Driscoll that Jamie got the opportunity to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, just seven years after he’d watched The Beatles on the show.
Jamie returned to Tulsa and became part of the Tulsa Sound playing with the likes of Leon Russell and JJ Cale. He also worked with international stars like Eric Clapton, Bob Seger and many more building tremendous career. He is the recipient of more than 40 Gold and Platinum awards.
In 2016, Jamie with his wife Mary, founded MOJOFest in Tulsa to celebrate music through live performances, community engagement and charitable stewardship. Originally, 100% of ticket sales were donated to the Tulsa Day Center. In 2019, proceeds were split with the Church Studio Charitable Foundation.