Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Robert Weiner

Second Committee Member

John Daversa

Third Committee Member

David Ake

Fourth Committee Member

Trudy Kane

Fifth Committee Member

Richard Todd


Though it is not often viewed as a major player in the realm of jazz, the oboe has been consistently used in the genre for nearly a century. This project seeks to fill a gap in the broader scope of oboe literature by creating a curated historical overview of the oboe family in jazz, and a representative discography spanning this period. In addition, this document provides a valuable resource for aspiring oboists, teachers, and composers by identifying and discussing major performers in the field and their recorded work. Paul McCandless, Yoram Lachish, Jean-Luc Fillon, Charles Pillow, Mario Arcari, Yusef Lateef, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Bob Cooper, Romeo Penque, and Garvin Bushell are a few of the more prolific oboists included in this doctoral essay.


oboe; jazz oboe; english horn; oboe in jazz; paul mccandless; woodwind