The John Mackey Trio with Geoff Page

Café Wood Works in association with Artsound FM 92.7 present an exciting night of jazz, contemporary poetry and fine food

The John Mackey Trio
with Geoff Page

Saturday 28 March From 6pm

The John Mackey Trio, with Mackey on sax, Lachlan Coventry on guitar and James Luke on bass, will perform and also combine with readings of poetry by one of the best-known celebrators of Australian culture, Geoff Page.

Listen to "Confirmation" by the John Mackey Trio

The fine dining team at Café wood works will provide a sumptuous 3-course meal.
This event promises to be a diverse, entertaining and tasty experience.
$70 per person bookings 02 6238 1688 or in the Cafe.

Jazz rarely comes better than this!

“I first encountered the magic and power of the playing of John Mackey when the Gallery hosted an event as part of the ANU School of Music’s ‘Playing Houses’ initiative in the early part of this Century.

Mackey’s powerhouse saxophone sound leapt out from the group made up of the heads of the ANU Jazz Department at the time - John Mackey’s playing, from his slightest breath crawling out of his tenor sax’s bell, to the drama laden resonance of a horn player at maximum power, is an audible presence to revel in.

I can’t understand that this is only his second appearance at Bungendore Wood Works in my almost 15 years of presenting music here...”

Stan d’Argeavel Exhibition Coordinator

The idea of combining poetry and jazz may well have began with the post-war Beat Generation writers and poets. Jack Kerouac loved jazz with an intensity that most of us can’t even imagine. He worked at creating a jazz, or ‘bop’ writing style. Kerouac likened his fine book of poems, Mexico City Blues, to a session of a tenor saxophone playing “long lazy choruses of blues through the course of an afternoon.” Jazz helped shape his art.


  • Thai Crab and Fish Cakes w Mixed Greens, Coriander and Chilli Dipping Sauce
  • Grilled Lamb Fillet, Ratatouille, Truffle Mash and Jus
  • Raspberry Cheesecake with Cream

John Mackey

John Mackey began playing clarinet at age 10 and shortly after received a classical scholarship on saxophone.

He attended Edith Cowan University in Perth to study, obtained a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and has been performing professionally since the age of 14, both nationally and internationally.

Residing in Stockholm, Sweden from 1991 to 1994, he travelled and performed extensively throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S.A. and conducted masterclasses in Sweden and Houston Texas. He has performed with legends such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Dionne Warwick, Dame Kiri Tekanawa, Johnny Griffin, George Shearing, James Morrison and Don Burrows.

Mackey moved to Canberra and continues to perform across Australia and has been lecturing at the ANU School of Music since 2000 holding the position of Head of Jazz from 2003-2005. In 2014 John was invited into the Higher Education Academy in London as a Senior Fellow.

He recently performed at the Belgian Embassy as part of  Celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. John also accompanied Belgian pianist Jef Neve at Café Wood Works in January this year.

Geoff Page

Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published twenty-one collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie (Bernie McGann: A Life in Jazz Kardoorair Press 1997)

His recent books include 1953 (UQP 2013) (on the PMs Literary Awards shortlist for 2014), Improving the News (Pitt Street Poetry 2013) and New Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann 2013). His A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz Poems was published by extempore in 2012. Aficionado: A Jazz Memoir has recently been published by Picaro Press. He also runs Poetry at The Gods and Jazz at The Gods on the ANU campus.

Although presenting poetry and jazz are two of his main interests it will be special treat for this performance to have Geoff reciting his poetry accompanied by improvised jazz from the John Mackey Trio.

His novel in verse, Drumming on Water about a 1930s all female swing band playing on a Sydney Harbour Ferry, was performed at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery nearly 10 years ago.”

James Luke

James has over fifteen years experience as a professional musician and music educator. A highly sought after performer in a diverse range of styles, James is a “first call” bass player for many artists from trad jazz to modern pop and rock. He has performed with artists such as renowned jazz drummer Olavi Louhivouri (Finland), jazz ukelele virtuoso Benny Chong (USA), Grace Knight, Ian and Nigel Date, “Bushwackers” front man Dobe Newton and many others.

Lachlan Coventry

Lachlan Coventry is a working musician in Canberra. He has spent the last ten years studying harmonic and rhythmic fundamentals. He has been involved in many live and recording projects, notably performing with James Morrison, Bernie McGann and supporting Larry Carlton.

Sunday 22 February 2015