'A nice over-the-shoulder glance at Louis Prima and Keely Smith for the 21st century!'
Prof. Stuart Nicholson, Senior Editor
'Classically trained bi-lingual vocalist Loxston and the Anglo-Italian Jazzato Band began performing together in 2016, appearing in festivals here and on the continent, and now here's their debut album. As Loxston says, they have focused on creating an uplifting album of original arrangements by using an eclectic mix of music forms, and so they have. Certainly influenced by the Louis Prima band sound and doubtless in sympathy with what Ray Gelato does so well, the accent here is on bright tempos, swinging saxophone figures (arranged by Stephanie Legg), and the kind of fast-moving shuffle rhythms that prompt feel-good outcomes. Loxston sings engagingly on the albums 11 tracks, in Italian or English, the band purposeful and eager behind her, guitarist Fabrizio Bonacci impressive as both sideman and composer. On an Evening in Roma' the opener sums up the band's attributes pretty well. The ensembles swing hard, solo playing is spot-on and Loxston's vocal is exuberant and undeniably cheery. The better known 'Quando, Quando, Quando' goes like the proverbial train, the alto and clarinet solos short and to the point. Much the same applies for the much loved 'Buonasera Signorina' slow to start before moving into a zippier pace good alto on this one too. With their mix of familiar Italian songs and cleverly structured originals, pin-point musicianship and sheer elan, Hetty and the Jazzatos are on to something. A good way to brush up your Italian too.'
The band that reveres the Italian classics and plays them with gusto and amore has a new CD called “Back in the Swing of Things.” Originally slated for release on Valentine’s Day, the delay is now timed with the re-opening of Pizza Express Soho. The album is comprised of eleven colorful and dynamic tracks like the catchy “Angelino,” the danceable “Quando, Quando, Quando” and the bouncy “At Dawn.” The strong, clear melodies sung by front woman Hetty Loxston, visceral rhythms and excellent, technically impressive musicianship (from vocals to clarinet to sax to percussion and more) provide a very polished and hearty experience.
BEBBIE BURKE, JAZZ AUTHOR
We had Hetty and the Jazzato Band onboard in Portovenere, Italy for a guests birthday party on 17th June 2017. It was there first time onboard a superyacht performing and they were seamless and incredibly professional. They were perfect for our Italian theme and Hetty’s voice was beautiful. The guests thoroughly enjoyed their performance with energy and great charisma. I cannot recommend them enough, they made an already great night unforgettable for our guests.
Shelley Butler, Chief Stewardess, Motor Yacht Kamino
I booked the Jazzato Band for a surprise party, they were suggested by another musician & friend, he told me that Jazzato Band is the best. And he was right! :) They are amazing, it was a great performance by all the band members, their Italian repertoire it's great. They also prepared few songs for the guest of honor to sing. She had great fun! The feedback from all the guest was really positive. Will really recommend them! Thanks guys hope to work with you again.
Don Thushari Fashion Stylist & Events (Private Event) 10/10
I booked Hetty & the jazz band for an Italian themed cocktail party for a pop up shop launch in London. They were flexible with numbers and budget for me (I only needed a 3 piece, not the traditional 5 piece group). They also had to play outside and we're very accommodating of that and brought their own speakers / soft music btw sets. So I didn't need to worry about anything music related on the evening which was a real relief. And they were great. They really lifted and helped make the party a huge success and were truly perfect for our event. I had them sing only Italian themed songs, but they would be wonderful at any style of jazz performance. Easy to work to work with and incredibly professional - I highly recommend. Sarah
Sarah Watson, Balineum Founder (Italian Themed Pop Up Party) 10/10
"I loved your jazzy version of Volare!"
Celebrity Chef Gennaro Contaldo, The English Italian Awards, September 2016, Manchester Palace Hotel
"Hetty and her band surpassed all our expectations they are so unique and had everyone on the dance floor. Wished we had booked them for the whole evening."
Jacquie Walters (Anniversary Party, September 2016)
We chose Hetty and the Jazzato Band because they looked and sounded like a class act online- and they were on our wedding day! Hetty was professional and friendly from the off and met with me at the venue to discuss the event. The P.A. system being offered by my venue wasn't suitable for a band and Hetty sourced a suitable one at a better price. The band did 3 x 45 minutes sets of brilliant stuff, including all of our requests and Hetty did a playlist of my choosing for the intervals. The band are talented and trained musicians who charge a fair price for their services. All the guests had a good dance and have since sung their praises to me. They were the perfect band, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and we look forward to seeing them again soon. Grace and Robert
Grace Forge (Wedding June 2016) 10/10
"We came across Hetty and the Jazzato band while looking for a band for our Anglo-Italian wedding and I am so happy we found them! These guys were simply phenomenal, the performance was great and all the guests still compliment them to this day. From the first exchange of email Hetty was extremely helpful and accommodating, she gave us plenty of her time and went above and beyond to help me through organising everything - from picking a nice set list to helping us hire the best pa system. I have no words to thank these guys enough, as without them the wedding would have not been the same. Lovely people, but mostly absolutely amazing artists."
Mary, Anglo-Italian Wedding, London 11/10
"Hetty & the Jazzato Band were amazing! What a brilliant atmosphere you created for us. Thank you so much!"
Marianne Barlow, Jumierah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge
"Hetty and the Jazzato Band are absolutely fantastic. Despite not speaking a word of italian, we were happy listening to them all night - to be fair, they really could have kept singing for the entire evening. I've seen them sing a few times now, and my friends are always impressed with just how amazing Hettys voice is. I've become a big fan and will defo consider hiring them for any events I have. Also, you'll know most of the italian songs they sing!"
Louie Rodrigues, Upstairs at the Ritzy, London 10/10
"You were my perfect Birthday evening. Absolutely amazing. Hoping you have an album out soon."
Kevin Larder, London
"Had a great time listening to you all at Wilton's Music Hall last night. Such fabulous musicianship and great vocals. People were dancing, clapping and singing to your wonderful set list. You perform something that everyone can enjoy, and we all had a lot of fun. We will definitely go to see you perform again soon."
Margaret, Wilton's Music Hall, London
"Brilliant evening on Monday watching Hetty and her band. Everyone, of all ages seemed to be having fun. Wilton's is an intimate venue perfectly suited to the bands music. I would definitely go to see them again."
Sandra Harrington, Wilton's Music Hall, London