Sassafras with Jessie Gordon

Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras has quickly established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. Fronted by vocalist Jessie Gordon and also featuring Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon (guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (doublebass), the members of Sassafras are all widely experienced and well known to Perth audiences through their work with various groups such as Belleville, The Darling Buds of May, Vipers Dream and Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz to name just a few. Featuring music from composers such as Django Reinhardt (of course!), Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand and Birelli Lagrene, Sassafras combines toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz, 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 so intrinsic to the gypsy jazz tradition. Sassafras has sold out numerous gigs at the Ellington Jazz Club, Malt Supper Club, Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den and the Paddlesteamer Decoy, and the band garnered rave reviews for “An Evening in Paris” a show that featured in both the 2016 and 2017 Perth Fringeworld Festivals.


SASSAFRAS comprises:

  • Jessie Gordon – vocals
  • Lachlan Gear – guitar
  • Aaron Deacon – guitar
  • Adrian Galante – clarinet
  • Pete Jeavons - doublebass