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Sassafras Quartet - Bon Voyage

Wednesday 28 November 7.00pm

Adrian Galante – Clarinet
Lachlan Gear – Acoustic Guitar
Aaron Deacon – Acoustic Guitar
Pete Jeavons – Doublebass

Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras has now established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. Perhaps best known for their work with the quintet version of the band (“Sassafras” – featuring vocalist Jessie Gordon), the four instrumentalists have also been steadily developing their sound as a tight-knit and energetic instrumental group: Sassafras Quartet.

Come down to wish the band ‘Bon Voyage’ before they embark on an interstate tour including a performance at the 2018 Oz Manouche Jazz Festival in Brisbane.

The quartet repertoire features gypsy jazz classics from Django Reinhardt alongside music from modern masters such as Biréli Lagrène, Gonzalo Bergara, Les Doigts De L’Homme and others. The band also has varied selection of original arrangements of classic and lesser-known jazz standards, as well as some original works – all with a progressive leaning.

Sassafras Quartet combines toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz 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.


“…lead soloist Galante is routinely given a run for his money by Jeavon’s bass solos, Deacon’s strumming and especially Gear’s fantastically fast and accurate picking. Altogether, it makes for a first rate performance”
Brandon Taylor, The Australia Times, January 31st 2016

“You may already know Sassafras… 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,  January 31st 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

“Sassafras, the gypsy jazz band won a heap of local fans at Juniper Studio recently. A full house relished performances from consummate musicians.”
Darlington Review, July 2017

“Each artist shares their talents with the audience as they blend together in beautiful harmony but battle out the rhythms in eloquently composed solos; showcasing the well-balanced talent of this local Perth band.”
Jess Ammon, Fringe Feed, January 30th 2018

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Table restricted view refers to a few table places which have sight line issues across the grand piano, but allow seated table entry.

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