A contemporary Perth entertainment agency that specialises in booking bands, singers and DJs with a retro and vintage inspired theme.

Gypsy jazz from the 1930s to 1950s

Sassafras are a 5-piece acoustic ensemble that call the niche genre of gypsy jazz their home, offering influences from more recent styles such as modern jazz, contemporary classical, Spanish and Latin, progressive and blues, while still staying true to this Parisian tradition.

With the dazzling talents of Jessie Gordon on vocals, Adrian Galante on clarinet, Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon on acoustic guitars and Pete Jeavons on double bass, Sassafras want you to rediscover this dynamic and underappreciated style of music á la Johnny Depp in Chocolat.

And darn it, they’re going to make you do just that by jolting your attention to its quaint but lively feel, full sound and toe-tapping catchiness. You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face.

Warm your winter evening, cool your summer afternoon and calm your inner jazz demons as you watch Sassafras present a vibrant, acoustic mix of gypsy, swing, jazz, Latin and contemporary standards.

They dare you to let them transport you to 1930s and 40s Paris. Oui oui!

 

The Phenomenon Known as Gypsy Jazz

Gypsy Jazz, also known as jazz manouche, dates back to the 1930s where it was founded by the illustrious Django Reinhardt and his Quintette de Hot Club du France.

It’s traditionally played acoustically, with guitar and violin being the primary solo instruments. Instead of drums, the rhythm guitarist uses the la pompe strumming technique, which forms a jumping yet steady beat.

Requirements

  • Sassafras require a minimum stage size of 3.6m x 3.6m.
  • Full PA and lighting (with operator) as per the band’s PA/lighting Technical Rider. This info will be sent on request.
  • A Dressing Room/Greenroom available for all members during the course of the event.
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