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The Australian National University

Mr John Mackey

BMus Jazz (Edith Cowan University, W.A.)
Saxophones, Flute and Clarinet
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Music Performance 190407

Research interests

Collaborative projects and Innovation focussed outcomes.


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.  

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