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Acclaimed gypsy jazz group 'Sassafras' return to KPAC on Sunday December 19th.

Featuring Jessie Gordon (voice), Aaron Deacon & Lachlan Gear (acoustic guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (bass) Sassafras combines toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy classics, wistful french ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, all performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the gypsy jazz tradition.

Featuring music from composers such as Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel (to name only a few), Sassafras performs regularly at venues such as The Ellington Jazz Club, The Duke of George, and Lyric’s Underground.

Sassafras has also featured in a number of festivals including: The Jazz By The Bay Festival (2017, 2019), Perth International Jazz Festival (2017, 2018), the Oz Manouche Festival (Brisbane, 2018), King Street Corner Pocket Festival (2018, 2019), Perth Festival (2021), York Festival (2021), WA Guitar Festival (2021) and in the Perth Fringe World Festivals from 2016-2021.

The band has a strong connection with Perth's eastern suburbs as all but one of the groups regular members grew up in the Perth hills. Having already performed sold-out shows in Darlington ('Live at the Hall' and Juniper Studio), Guildford (The Stirling Arms) and Mundaring (The Mundaring Weir Hotel), Sassafras are very happy to return to the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre for what will be their final performance in the Perth hills for 2021.

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, Fringefeed, Jan 30th 2018

" Sassafras, the gypsy jazz band won a heap of local fans at Juniper Studio... A full house relished performances from consummate musicians, with Jessie Gordon singing, encouraging audience participation and pulling it all together with engaging humour." - Darlington Review, July 2017

" 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

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