The Leisa Keen Trio


The Leisa Keen Trio is an Australian band featuring Leisa Keen on piano, vocals and bass, John Mackey on tenor sax and Alexander Wanjura on drums.

About John Mackey

At 50, John has accomplished many things! At 12 he won a classical saxophone scholarship and by 14 he was already performing professionally with some of Perth’s most established jazz musicians. He performed on the Perth’s Young Entertainers at age 17. He was invited to become a member of the Young Australian Jazz Ambassadors in 1988 and continued touring and recording with them for several years, as well as television appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Sunday program., John has performed with many legendary international musicians inlcuding, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Dame Kiri Tekanawa, Nat Adderley, Kurt Elling, Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Red Rodney, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Richie Cole, Johnny Griffin, Al Cohn, Woody Herman, Ralph Moore, Mark Levine, Don Rader, Ronnie Scott, Jim McNeely, Mike Nock and Australian legends including, James Morrison, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Roger Frampton, Andrew Gander, Matt McMahon, James Muller, Carl Mackey, Jamie Oehlers, Troy Roberts, Jonathan Zwartz, Miroslav Bukovsky and many more.

John has also been one of the head lecturers in Jazz at the Australian National University, for the past 20 years.

About Leisa Keen

Leisa has been working in the Australian music industry for over 25 years, in both jazz and musical theatre/cabaret.

Since 1990, Leisa has musically directed and performed in over 150 shows, including "Beauty and the Beast", "Chess", "A Chorus Line", "Little Shop of Horrors", "West

Side Story", "Jesus Christ Superstar", “Phantom Of The Opera”, “Cats” and many others.

After training in classical piano for 12 years, Leisa then went on to study jazz vocals at the Australian National University, Canberra School of Music, under the direction of Gery Scott, for 6 years. It was here that she also gained the valuable writing and arranging skills that have assisted in her musical direction and performance, making her one of Canberra's, Sydney’s and the GoldCoast's most sought-after accompanists and musical directors.

Leisa performed the role of "Lucy Harris" in the Australian premiere production of "Jekyll & Hyde", playing opposite Donald Cant as Jekyll/Hyde. This performance lead to her winning a CAT award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Leisa has shared the stage with artists such as internationally acclaimed jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, Jon English, Simon Gallaher, Todd McKenney, Toni Lamond, Noni Hazelhurst, Amanda Muggleton, John Foreman, and many other talented entertainers.

In 2013, Leisa was awarded a Canberra Critics Circle Award for her services to music in Canberra, as well as a CAT Award as “Best Musical Director” for Freerain Theatre Company’s production of “Cats”.

Leisa performs weekly around Canberra and Sydney and the Gold Coast as a piano vocalist in various venues, and with several of her jazz combos, including “The Leisa Keen Trio”, "The Fullhouse Band" at Casino Canberra, and her trad jazz band -"Leisa and the Keen Kats". She also frequently accompanies other artists in Canberra, Sydney and the Gold Coast, as well as taking her various bands to various Australian and international jazz festivals.