Mr John Mackey

Ensembles Convenor
Performance Teaching Fellow
Jazz Saxophone
BMus Jazz (Edith Cowan University, W.A.)
+61 2 6125 4095

John Mackey began playing clarinet aged 10 and then won a scholarship to study classical saxophone at age 12. John graduated from Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia, with a 4 year BMus in Jazz in 1990.

He has been performing professionally since the age of 14, nationally and internationally. John has appeared on many national television shows including, Hey Hey Its Saturday as well as the Sunday program.

He resided in Sweden for three years 1991 - 1994 and used this a base to travel and perform extensively throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S.A.

John conducted masterclasses in Sweden and Houston Texas.

John has performed with many Jazz legends including BB King, Ray Charles, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, Al Cohn, Mike Nock, Nat Adderley, Roy Hargrove, George Shearing and many more.

John resided in Sydney Australia upon his return from overseas in 1994 until 1999. He moved to Canberra in mid 1999 and performs regularly in Australiasia.

John has been a member of Faculty at the ANU School of Music sine 2000 and is currently embarked on a PhD.

John's research interests lie within the music field, as well as collaborative ventures across disciplines.  

See local reviews at canberrajazz.net

  • Music Performance
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology
  • Smithson, M, Bammer, G, Attewell, R et al 2008, 'Coping and Managing under Uncertainty', in Gabriele Bammer and Michael Smithson (ed.), Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 321-335.
  • Smithson, M, Bammer, G, Attewell, R et al 2008, 'Uncertainty Metaphors, Motives and Morals', in Gabriele Bammer and Michael Smithson (ed.), Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 305-320.
  • Bammer, G, Smithson, M, Attewell, R et al 2008, 'The Nature of Uncertainty', in Gabriele Bammer and Michael Smithson (ed.), Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 289-304.
  • Mackey, J 2008, 'Musical improvisation, creativity and uncertainty', in Gabriele Bammer and Michael Smithson (ed.), Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, pp. 105-114.
  • Bammer, G, Attewell, R, Delaney, K et al 2008, 'Improving the management of ignorance and uncertainty: A case illustrating integration in collaboration', in Shani A. B, Mohrman S.A, Pasmore W.A., Stymne B., Adler N. (ed.), Handbook of Collaborative Management Research, Sage Publications Inc, Thousand Oaks, CA, US, pp. 421-437 (Chapter 20).
  • Mackey, J 2008, Behind the Scenes, ANU, Canberra, Australia, Mackey Records.
  • Mackey, J 2008, John Mackey with Austin Benjamin Trio, Street Theatre, Canberra, Australia, ArtSound FM.
  • Mackey, J 2008, Saxessions, John Mackey Quartet, Street Theatre, Canberra, Australia, ArtSound FM, Canberra, Australia.
  • Mackey, J 2008, Saxessions, John Mackey Trio, Street Theatre, Canberra, Australia, ArtSound FM, Canberra, Australia.
  • Price, M, Mackey, J, Thompson, M et al 2007, Stella by Starlight, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australia.
  • Mackey, J 2005, Pantano Drive, 000, Enigma Records, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Coventry, L, Goldsmith, B, Guy, M et al 2001, 'Slip'.

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer