John Mackey


John Mackey received a classical scholarship on saxophone at age 12 to attend Churchlands Senior High School, the top music school in Perth, Western Australia.  He has been performing professionally since the age of 14, nationally and internationally.  Upon a highly successful graduation from the music school in 1987, John studied at Edith Cowan University in Perth and obtained a BMus in Jazz in 1990. He resided in Sweden between 1991 – 1994, and used this a base to travel and perform extensively throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S.A. John conducted several masterclasses in Sweden and Houston, Texas, and has performed with many Jazz legends including BB King, Ray Charles, Kurt Elling, Kendrick Scott, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, Al Cohn, Mike Nock, Nat Adderley, Roy Hargrove, George Shearing and many more. Upon his return from overseas, John resided in Sydney between 1994 until 1999. He has appeared on many national television shows, including Hey Hey It’s Saturday. John moved to Canberra in mid 1999 and still performs regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He has been an ANU School of Music faculty member since 2000. John is currently a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

Mentoring and inspiring young emerging artists

Major Partners and Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • The Street Theatre
  • Molonglo Group
  • Mundango Charitable Trust
  • Canberra Grammar School
  • Coordinate Agency