Mr Dixon Johnson Nacey

Graduate Diploma in Music

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Dixon currently teaches guitar and takes ensembles at Auckland University. As a music teacher he has built a large following online through his YouTube channel ( which lead to the development and launch of what has become a very successful video tutorial based Jazz Guitar website;

Dixon’s 20 year performance career has seen him perform with some of New Zealand’s top jazz & pop musicians as a sideman, leader and musical director. His guitar can be heard on a variety of albums and he regularly hosts guitar workshops throughout the country. Notable pop and jazz artists he has been fortunate enough to perform with include Nathan Haines, King Kapisi, Tama Waipara, Annie Crummer, Whirimako Black, Caitlin Smith, Roger Manins, Michel Benebig (New Caledonia) and Tim Hopkins.

He has recorded and released three jazz albums (in 2008, 2011 and 2013) with the ‘Samsom Nacey Haines Trio’, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award. He also leads his own jazz combos, manages and performs with ‘The Kingpins’ corporate band, plays a covers band circuit with ‘Black Salt’ and has recently been through USA, Canada, New Caledonia, Singapore, The Cook Islands and Thailand with his music.

Areas of expertise

Jazz Guitar Tutelage, Improvisation, Ensemble Direction, Music Analysis

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Field, K., Nacey, D., Thomas, S., & MacArthur, C. Jazz at St Peters: Kevin Field and the A list band, 9/6/2016. [Live performance], Wellington Jazz Festival, 8 - 12 June 2016, St Peter's Church, Wellington, New Zealand. Commissioning body: Wellington Jazz Festival
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Field
  • Penman, M., Nacey, D., Field, K., & Thomas, S. Matt Penman (NY) Quartet, 23/12/2015. [Live performance], (3 hours), @1885 Britomart, Creative Jazz Club, 1885 Britomart, Auckland. Commissioning body: Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Field