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Sassafras: L’appel Du Vide

Wednesday 29 December 7.00pm

Welcome to the wonderful void between Christmas and New Years Eve!

The void calls out to us to abandon the structured routines of our normal lives; a time when nobody seems to know what day it is, or what they should be doing with themselves, a place where the very fabric of time seems to dissolve…

Never fear, Sassafras is here to help you answer the call of the void (L’appel Du Vide) with toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy classics, wistful french ballads, re-worked jazz standards, and perhaps just a smidge of oblivion.

SASSAFRAS features Jessie Gordon (voice), Aaron Deacon & Lachlan Gear (acoustic guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (bass), and 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), The Oz Manouche Festival (Brisbane, 2018), Perth Festival (2021), York Festival (2021) and the WA Guitar Festival (2021).

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“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

” 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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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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