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The normally elegant jazz singer Jessie Gordon will be throwing off the shackles in performances at this year's Fringe World.

Popular Perth jazz and blues singer Jessie Gordon has a busy month ahead - she will be talking dirty, going Parisian, trading her voice to play percussion, dressing as a man and pursuing the seven deadly sins.

It’s all part of a hectic Fringe World season for Jessie,who is participating in five different shows from January 20 to February 19. She’ll be performing in two on January 20.

Jessie will be connecting with her masculine side for Fringe.

Jessie will be connecting with her masculine side for Fringe. Pic: Supplied

 First up, from 7pm at the Ellington Jazz Club, she’s with fellow esteemed Perth singer Libby Hammer, in The Fringe World performance of the Anatomically Incorrect Gentlemen - where the pair take an opportunity to dress up like men and deconstruct gender stereotypes in a fun, light-hearted way.

Anatomically Incorrect runs for three nights.

There’ll be a change of style after her performance at The Ellington, when she abandons the voice she has earned her reputation with in favour of percussion and ukulele with So Fresh: The Fairly Average Dance Party, at 8.30pm.

Jessie will be playing with some of Perth’s best musicians, who will be ditching their preferred instruments in favour of instruments they know less well – or barely at all.

Musicians Tom Greble on piano, Dan Ablett on guitar, Sam Timmerman on bass, Mark Turner on drums and Jessie Gordon on percussion and ukulele, will be performing their favourite music from the 1990s and early 2000s.

“The show is basically the soundtrack to our adolescent years, with hits from Aqua, Britney, *NSYNC and Spice Girls,” Jessie says. 

The Fairly Average Dance Party runs until January 25.

From February 2-5 Jessie hosts the delightfully racy Dirty Jazz Vintage Cabaret at The Ellington Jazz Club, MC’ing and singing her seductive way through the most risqué music of the 1930s and 1940s.

Jessie will be joined by special guests each night from 10pm, with a house band onstage with all the performers for two one-hour sets, interacting with the cabaret acts.

“There will be different comedy, vintage dance and vaudeville acts on each night of the show.”

The house band features Mark Turner on sax and guitar, Jon Matthews on guitar, Karl Florisson on upright bass and Mike Perkins on drums.

Jazz turns to blues on February 7, but the mild content warning doesn’t change as Jessie goes in search of sinful songs of the 20th Century in Dirty Blues: The Sinning Edition with The Dirty Blues Band at De Parel Spiegeltent in the Fringe World Orchard at the Cultural Centre in Northbridge at 9.30pm.

Jessie first performed Dirty Blues at the 2016 Fringe, where the performance won the Fringe World Music Award.

It is a compilation of her most loved blues songs that relate to sinning, either a specific sin (usually gluttony or lust) or just the general idea of having a good time doing a bad thing. 

It features songs by Howlin Wolf, Etta James, Willie Dixon and many more.

The Dirty Blues Band features blues guitarists Jon Matthews and Mark Turner, Shane Pooley on upright bass and Michael Perkins on drums.

Then to round things out from February 13 to 19, Jessie turns to Paris for her musical inspiration with Perth gypsy jazz band Sassafras at the Ellington Jazz Club at 6.30pm.

The band features outstanding musicians Aaron Deacon on guitar, Lachlan Gear on guitar, Pete Jeavons on upright bass and Adrian Galante on clarinet.

Jessie Gordon is a woman of many talents.

Jessie Gordon is a woman of many talents. Pic: Supplied

Sassafras will present a vibrant, acoustic mix of French gypsy, swing and jazz, all performed with the sensational virtuosity and passion so intrinsic to the tradition of this music.

“We'll be playing our mix of reworked jazz standards, up-tempo traditional burners, French ballads and waltzes, gypsy-Latin numbers and of course toe-tapping swingers,” Jessie says.

Jessie’s main musical passion is jazz, blues and roots music. She has toured the world, performing in South East Asia, Germany, France, Spain and the UK. 

She has been nominated for 14 Fringe Awards and has won three Music Awards and three Cabaret Awards at Fringe World. 

Jessie works with many different bands in Perth including , , , , , The Dirty Blues Band,  as well as .

She also occasionally picks up a ukulele and dons a smashing suit to sing with Libby Hammer in the . 

Tickets for all the shows are available at or at a variety of locations around Perth -

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