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WHAT: Jazz Master Class

WHEN: Saturday 14 October, 2023

TIMES: 3:30pm – 5:00pm


BOOKING LINK: Please click here to book for the Master Class

ASSOCIATED EVENT: Master class musicians will join legendary Jazz vocalist and 3 x ARIA award recipient, Vince Jones for a concert performance in the TAC theatre later that evening. Please click here for more information and concert booking links.


Spend an hour and a half with Vince Jones quintet musicians Matt McMahon (Piano / MD to Vince Jones), John Mackey (Sax), Karl Dunnicliff (Double Bass), and James Hauptmann (Drums & Percussion), in a one-off master class on Saturday 14 October. 

Join these Australian Jazz giants for an exciting exploration into jazz composition, improvisation, and performance, followed by a deep dive into Australia’s jazz industry. 

Keen to share decades worth of knowledge and experience with budding musicians, students and interested jazz devotees, this remarkable opportunity is a not-to-be-missed chance to tap into the passion and expertise of some of Australia’s most influential jazz musicians. 

This wonderful opportunity has been made possible through the work of renowned Australian saxophonist, recording artist, and educator, John Mackey. John has been a member of the teaching faculty at the ANU School of Music since 2000 and is passionate about his role as a community educator. 

Master class tickets are $20 per person. School and community group bookings are available by contacting

Later that evening, Vince Jones will join the quartet musicians to perform a concert in the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre. Concert tickets are $55/$50. Concert details and booking links are available here.

Please note, Vince Jones will not be appearing as part of the Master Class.


Matt McMahon – Piano / MD to Vince Jones

Matt McMahon is a Sydney-based pianist/composer. Matt is the longtime Musical Director, Pianist and collaborator to Vince Jones. He is the recipient of several  awards including the National Jazz Award and the Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and appears on ARIA and Bell award-winning albums. He leads his own groups and works in collaboration with many of Australia’s most respected musicians, performing within Australia and internationally. He appears on over one hundred albums, including ten as a leader/co-leader. He has performed with some of Australia’s leading musicians and groups – Band of Five Names, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Tawadros, Gurrumul, Bernie McGann, Katie Noonan, Jonathan Zwartz, Steve Hunter, Jamie Oehlers, Emma Pask, Simon Barker, Andrea Keller, Carl Dewhurst, and Phil Slater. Matt has performed with many visiting artists to Australia, including; Wynton Marsalis, Veronica Swift, Bobby Previte, Greg Osby, Sharon Shannon, Bob Hurst, Aaron Goldberg and Mary Coughlan. In addition to his busy schedule he also enjoys being an educator at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music.

John Mackey – Saxophone

John Mackey, a renowned Australian saxophonist, recording artist, and educator, began playing professionally at age 14. 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 Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, Virgil Donati, James Morrison, Bob Sedergreen, Andrea Keller, Mark Isaacs, Don Burrows, Mike Nock, James Muller, Sam Keevers, Matt McMahon, Carl Mackey, Stephen Magnusson, Andrew Gander, David Jones, Sandy Evans, Jamie Oehlers, Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Miroslav Bukovsky and many more. John has been an invited soloist on many albums over a period 35 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.

Karl Dunnicliff – Double Bass

Since graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Karl studied with acclaimed bassist Craig Scott, Karl Dunnicliff has been highly in demand as a double and electric bass player. In 2008 and 2015 he was selected as a finalist in the National Jazz Awards for double bass at Wangaratta, the largest annual jazz festival in Australia. He regularly supports some of Australia’s best-known musicians. His current projects include Joseph Tawadros, Trish Delaney-Brown and Kevin Hunt.

James Hauptmann – Drums & Percussion

James Hauptmann is one of Australia’s most in demand Jazz drummers who also made a name for himself touring and recording with the ARIA award winning indie pop band Bluejuice. He hops genres with ease and is also a member of Bandaluzia who are one of Australia’s most celebrated flamenco acts who are known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. James has also shared the stage and toured with iconic artists including Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Mark Isaacs, Dale Barlow, James Muller and Steve Hunter as well as contributing his unique playing to numerous recordings in a wide variety of genres. James has performed at most major Australian music festivals including Big Day Out, Main Stage, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, Good Vibrations, JJJ One Night Stand, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Grooving the Moo. James has toured internationally through the UK, Indonesia, China and the USA, which included a performance at The Viper room in LA. James is currently endorsed by Yamaha Drums and Roland.


Master class musicians will join legendary Jazz vocalist and 3 x ARIA award recipient, Vince Jones for a concert performance in the TAC theatre later that evening. Please click here for more information and concert booking links.

Vince Jones Quintet: Saturday 14 October, 7:30pm

“His effortless sublime voice and command of his loved trumpet, will have you swooning under his captivating spell”.  Iain Sheden, The Australian

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