Lincoln McKenzie is an accomplished Australian jazz guitarist who has spent most of his professional career as an in-demand musician in Melbourne’s thriving music scene. His live performance work has included collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most prominent musicians, playing in jazz/improv bands (Bat Country, The Jokers, Goldie, Slipper, Edelplastik) and wedding/corporate bands.

In addition to his live work, Lincoln is a sought-after guitar teacher and ensemble leader, having taught at top schools including The Knox School, Geelong Grammar and Brighton Secondary College, as well as running his own successful private teaching business.

Lincoln’s playing and teaching approach have been shaped by extensive private tuition from some of Australia’s most renowned players, including James Wilson, James Sherlock, Ashley Cross, Stephen Magnusson, Richard Tedesco and Chris Hale. With their help, he has explored a wide range of music styles from Jazz to Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Classical, Flamenco, Progressive Rock and beyond.

Lincoln is currently working as a guitar teacher and ensemble leader at The Knox School in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. He can also be found performing in a variety of bands in venues across Victoria. For more info about private lessons, click here.



Son of a Gunzel

Son of A Gunzel is a Melbourne Hammond Combo comprised of Sam Boon (sax/vox), Olaf Scott (organ) and Matt Gibson (drums) and me. The band recreates soul, blues and boogaloo classics as well as some instrumental hits from Australian musicians.

Follow Me Through the Red Ash

This project showcases a composition of saxophonist Cheryl Durongpisitkul’s that explores techniques drawn from musical elements within Igor Stravinsky’s ballet ‘Petrushka’ . The ensemble featured 8 members including 2 guitars, drums, bass, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and piano. The band has performed at Melbourne jazz venues and at the 2018 Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Cheryl did an outstanding job composing and arranging this music and it was both a challenging and rewarding project. The album was recorded and released in 2017 and can be found on Bandcamp here.

Bat Country

Bat Country was an experimental/jazz trio that explored compositions by it’s 3 members – myself, Stephen Hornby (bass) and Sarah Galdes (drums). We released 2 albums between the 2013 and 2016. The music features a combination of tight arrangements and group improvisation and has a very cinematic feeling to it. Both albums are available on bandcamp here in both physical and digital formats.

Boon, Villalta, McKenzie

This is an unusual trio comprised of 2 guitars (Diego Villalta on the other one) and one alto saxophone (Sam Boon). In 2017 the trio was invited to play a headline slot at the 6th Annual UNESCO Phuket International Jazz Day Festival. While in Thailand, we did radio interviews with Radio Thailand and 89.5 Phuket Live. The festival performance led to numerous studio and live collaborations with musicians from Singapore, Mauritius, China, Britain and Thailand. The band headed into the studio in late 2017 and produced an album of originals yet to be released. Stay tuned for that!

Mormal Commision

Mormal Commision was a collaboration with Marcos Villalta. The project featured 2 similar Gretsch guitars with Bigsby tremolos, effects pedals and original compositions from both of us. Marcos is a prolific composer, a very talented guitarist and also an amazing visual artist. While this project was mostly dedicated to recording, rehearsing our originals and jamming on some very silly covers, we did perform a number of gigs at local jazz venues around 2014-2015.