John Mackey, a renowned Australian saxophonist, recording artist, and educator began playing professionally at age 14 and has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, U.K, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Indonesia. John is a music lecturer at the ANU School of Music, (2000 – present). Mackey has performed with international artists including Nat Adderley, BB King, Ray Charles, Johnny Griffin, Phil Wilson, Dame Kiri Tekanawa, Woody Herman, Toshiko Akyoshi, Lee Tabackin, Richie Cole, Red Rodney, Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Mark Levine, Julian Arguelles, Emil Viklicky, Kendrick Scott and Kurt Elling. National artists include Dale Barlow, Virgil Donati, James Morrison, Bob Sedergreen, Don Burrows, Mike Nock, James Muller, Sam Keevers, Matt McMahon, Carl Mackey, Vince Jones, Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Miroslav Bukovsky and many more.
John has been an invited soloist on many albums over a period 33 years. In 2021, European label Galen, released the 2018 ABC Live at Wangaratta recording of the Emil Viklicky Trio, featuring Czech pianist Emil Viklicky, Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet/flugelhorn and John Mackey on tenor saxophone.