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Sassafras: French Spectacular

Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge, Western Australia

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Table (General Admin): $35.00
  • Table (Jazz Standard Member / Student): $30.00
  • Bar (General Admin): $25.00
  • Bar (Jazz Standard Member / Student): $20.00
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French composers have always featured prominently in Sassafras’s repertoire, but for this special show the band will present an entire programme of French music. Featuring songs from artists/composers such as Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Charles Trenet you can expect to hear classics such as “La Vie En Rose”, “A Bicyclette” and “Que Reste t’il De Nos Amours” alongside some lesser-known gems penned by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Jaques Brel, Django Reinhardt and more. Covering ballads, waltz’s and of course a healthy dose of gypsy swing, this is a night not to be missed for all music lovers and francophiles alike.

Formed in mid-2015, Sassafras has now established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. Featuring vocalist Jessie Gordon, Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon (guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (double bass), the band has sold out numerous shows at the Ellington Jazz Club, The Duke of George, Lyric’s Underground, Kidogo Arthouse, The Stirling Arms, The Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and more.

For six years in a row, Sassafras has presented a season of shows as part of the Perth Fringeworld Festival (“An Evening in Paris” from 2016-18,"Under Paris Skies" in 2019, “An Evening of Gypsy Swing” in 2020 and “Gypsy Jazz Soirée” in 2021) - all to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. The band has also featured at a number of other festivals including: The Jazz By The Bay Festival (2017, 2019), Perth International Jazz Festival (2017, 2018), King Street Corner Pocket Festival (2018, 2019), and the Oz Manouche Festival (Brisbane, 2018).

Reviews:

“From the very first mellow notes, Sassafras: An Evening of Gypsy Swing was simply spellbinding… What a pleasure to see such excellent artists performing this dazzling repertoire in Perth!” - Chelsea Hayes, Fringefeed, Feb 10th 2020

" Acoustic gypsy jazz band Sassafras presented a world-class musical performance to the capacity audience that filled (the) Ellington Jazz Club..." - Steve Baitz, Seesaw Mag, Jan 26th 2019

" What a truly extraordinary group of talented performers. This 5-piece Perth jazz band is an amalgamation of 4 of the most enigmatic musicians you'll ever see. Not to mention, the vocals of Jessie Gordon who has the most astoundingly powerful range." - Amanda Lancaster, Fourth Wall Media, Jan 31st 2018

" A clear French theme with familiar swing classics and gypsy jazz radiating with attitude." - Jess Ammon, Fringfeed, Jan 30th 2018

" The (Perth) International Jazz Festival is a serious affair... there was, however, a moment of joyous gypsy-style jazz from Sassafras, a local group who took the audience on a pleasure-filled journey, aided by brilliant gypsy guitarists and singer Jessie Gordon." - Ron Banks, The West Australian Newspaper, June 2017

" Sassafras is undoubtedly a smooth, well-rehearsed and tightly run ship headed by a sassy great singer..." - Mariyon Slany, Artshub, Feb 1st 2016

" The Sassafras instrumentalists excelled throughout the evening, with virtuosic solos and seamless transitions. The acoustic guitar playing from Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon was perfect and lovely. Adrian Galante on clarinet (played) some swinging rhythms taking us back to the 1930's Paris and Pete Jeavons reliable double bass playing shows his great experience." - Mariyon Slany, Artshub, Feb 1st 2016

"Lead soloist Galante is routinely given a run for his money by Jeavons's bass solos, Deacon's strumming and Gear's fantastically fast and accurate picking. Altogether, it makes for a first-rate performance." - Brandon Taylor, The Australia Times, Jan 31st 2016

"You may already know Sassafras, the local gypsy jazz 5-piece known to play Perth spots like The Playroom and The Ellington. If you don't, any doubt you have that they play excellent fast, tight and wild swing music will be banished by their Fringeworld act." - Brandon Taylor, The Australia Times, Jan 31st 2016

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