2-3.30pm, Saturday 1 June, Lions Park, Dunsborough

Jessie Gordon - voice / Adrian Galante - clarinet / Lachlan Gear - guitar / Aaron Deacon - guitar / Pete Jeavons - bass

Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras has now established a reputation as one of Perth's premier gypsy jazz groups. Combining toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy classics, wistful french ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, 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 has sold out numerous gigs at the Ellington Jazz Club as well as other venues such Lazy Susan's Comedy Den, The Kidogo Arthouse, The Paddlesteamer Decoy, The Mundaring Weir Hotel, The Duke of George, Malt Supper Club and Juniper Studio (Darlington). 

For four 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, and "Under Paris Skies" in 2019) - 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), Perth International Jazz Festival (2017), King Street Corner Pocket Festival (2018), and the Oz Manouche Festival (Brisbane, 2018).

The band is currently working on their debut album.

Photographer Corey James