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Sassafras featuring Jayden Blockley

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  • Bar Stool Ticket: $40.88 each
  • Dining Table Ticket: $43.94 each
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  • Fri 11 Aug 2023, 7:00pm–9:30pm



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Duke of George presents Sassafras featuring Jayden Blockley.

Formed in 2015, 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.
For this special performance at Duke of George on Friday August 11 the band will feature Jessie Gordon (vocals), Pete Jeavons (double bass), Aaron Deacon & Lachlan Gear (acoustic guitars) and talented saxophonist Jayden Blockley.

Originally from Perth, saxophonist Jayden was the winner of the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship in 2018 and he completed his undergraduate studies at the prestigious James Morrison Academy in Mount Gambier. Upon graduating, he was awarded the medal of Academic Excellence amongst his competitive cohort. Jayden has also toured Australia alongside with the James Morrison Academy Big Band and in 2019, he recorded his debut album as bandleader, “I Wrote A Song For Her, For Me” which was released on the ABC Jazz label in March 2020. In 2021 Jayden completed his graduate studies at WAAPA with first class honours and he was awarded the recitalist performance prize upon graduation. Since moving back to Perth, Jayden has become a sought-after performer on the local scene but also continues to develop his national profile, having been selected as one of the members of the Australian National Jazz Youth Orchestra (ANJO) in 2022.

Jayden’s saxophone will bring a new flavour to Sassafras, affording fans a different take on the bands familiar repertoire. You can expect to hear music from Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Charles Trenet and Jacques Brel (to name only a few).

Sassafras has sold out numerous shows at Duke of George, as well as The Ellington Jazz Club, Lyric’s Underground, Kidogo Arthouse, The Stirling Arms, The Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and more. The band has also featured in a number of festivals including: The Jazz By The Bay Festival (2017, 2019), Perth International Jazz Festival (2017, 2018), Oz Manouche Festival (Brisbane, 2018), King Street Corner Pocket Festival (2018, 2019), Perth Festival (2021), York Festival (2021, 2022) and the WA Guitar Festival (2021).

For seven years in a row, Sassafras has also 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, “Gypsy Jazz Soirée” in 2021 and “Sassafras Swings” in 2022) and the band released their debut, eponymous album in 2021.


“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 a 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

“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

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