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Sassafras Quartet & Charlie McCarthy - Django & Grappelli: The Early Years

Wednesday 24 April 7.00pm

Charlie McCarthy – Violin
Adrian Galante – Clarinet
Lachlan Gear – Acoustic Guitar
Aaron Deacon – Acoustic Guitar
Pete Jeavons – Doublebass
Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras has quickly established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. Perhaps best known for their work with the quintet version of the group (“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.
Joining Sassafras Quartet for this special occasion, is talented Irish violinist Charlie McCarthy. A former resident of Perth, Charlie formed the gypsy jazz group “Belleville” (with guitarist Lachlan Gear) which performed at numerous venues in and around Perth over a number of years. Bassist Pete Jeavons joined the group later too, so this concert will be a fitting musical reunion for Charlie, Lachlan and Pete.
In addition to Belleville, Charlie also played with many other Perth groups including The Seals, The Nullarbor Mountain Boys, Sparrow and The Black Velvet Band to name a few. His many years of experience as a musician and wide range of musical interests sees Charlie equally at home in everything from classical and chamber music to country, bluegrass, folk, rock, Irish traditional music and of course, gypsy jazz. Currently residing in Hobart, Charlie maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician, performing with Tasmanian groups ‘Django’s Tiger’, ‘Jane Morris Trio’ and ‘Harry Edwards Quartet’ among others.
Repertoire for this special concert will consist of instrumental music from the the partnership of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli who were two of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. The musical style of their group “Hot Club of France” defined a genre and was the soundtrack of Europe’s emerging string jazz scene for decades.
You can expect “Hot Club of France” favourites, with a chronological focus on repertoire from 1934 – 1940 including classics such as ‘Minor Swing’, ‘Dinah’, ‘Nuages’ and many more. The concert will be interspersed with short stories and legends of Django’s adventures which will make for a fun night of swinging, hot gypsy jazz.

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” 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… 4 of the most enigmatic musicians you’ll ever see…”
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
” Sassafras, the gypsy jazz band won a heap of local fans at Juniper Studio… A full house relished performances from consummate musicians…”
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…”
Ron Banks, The West Australian Newspaper, June 2017
” Sassafras is undoubtedly a smooth, well-rehearsed and tightly run ship…”
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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