Guitar/Bass Guitar

GUY STRAZZ

Head of Program (Guitar), Guitar Teacher

Guy teaches jazz, rock, fusion, funk, blues and Latin on electric and acoustic guitars. He is also an accomplished classical guitar player/teacher. He holds a Masters and a PhD in music, as well as B. Mus and a Jazz Diploma. 

He has studied guitar with luminaries such as Australia’s George Golla, as well as Americans Mike Stern (ex-Miles Davis) and Pat Martino. His classical guitar teachers include John Della Torre and Greg Pickler.

Guy was a recipient of a Jazz APRA Award and two APRA nominations for composition; an AIR Nomination 2008 for Best Jazz Release; an Indie Acoustic Project USA Finalist 2006 for Best Global Jazz Beat Release; and a Music Fellowship form the Australia Arts Council.

MARK JOHNS

Guitar Teacher

Mark is an internationally renowned session guitarist, performer and composer who has recorded and performed with artists including Whitney Houston, Jimmy Barnes Sting, Jenny Morris, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Faith Hill, The Australian Opera orchestra, The London Philharmonic.

Mark has taught at London’s The Guitar Institute and Brunel University, as well as The Australian Institute of Music (Sydney) and The Australian National University.

Mark’s instruments include the Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Bazouki, Puerto Rican Cuatro. Mandolin, Ukulele and Cello.

Ashley Turner

Bass Teacher

Ash has a Bachelor of Music from the City College of New York and an Assoc. Dip. in Jazz Studies from Sydney Conservatorium. He was awarded Australia Council of The Arts grants to produce his own CD “Beautiful Open Spaces” and for study in New York, where he worked as a freelance bass player for 6 years.

Ash has worked with many of Australia’s leading jazz artists including James Morrison, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow and Bob Barnard. He has also backed mainstream artists such as Marina Pryor, Dave Hobson and Monica Trapaga.

STEVE SMILLIE

Guitar Teacher, Director (Guitar Ensemble)

Steve’s solid professional guitar career reaches back to the early 70’s with origins in Country music. Over time he has branched out and now specialises in many styles with his speciality being Finger Style Acoustic Guitar.

Steve’s career highlights include accolades such as Best Instrumentalist at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival (1978 and 1979), and accompanying artists including Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Daryl Braithwaite (Sherbet), Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) and Renee Geyer.

He currently plays in the well know duo “Open Fire” with Danelle Kelleher (vocals) and has recorded solo and collaborative instrumental albums of original music.