Excellence, Experience and Expertise
Right Tempo Artist Booking Agency and Tour Management represent high caliber, established artists who are amongst the most exciting, respected and creatively talented musicians on the international jazz and alternative music scene. Founded by Anne Rigg, who has over a thirty year background of working in the entertainment/music business, Right Tempo provides a totally professional, logistically sound, friendly and knowledgeable service.
Anne Rigg Biography:
Anne Rigg was brought up in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. For over 30 years she enjoyed a diverse and dynamic career within the BBC and gained considerable experience working in jazz and live music. She held positions at BBC Pebble Mill, BBC Birmingham at The Mailbox, in regional television and on Radio 4 (The Archers) before joining BBC Radio 2, where she was involved with the station’s top jazz programmes including Big Band Special, Jazz Notes, Humphrey Lyttelton’s Best of Jazz, Jools Holland Adventures in Jazz and the BBC Jazz Awards.
During this time she was able to work alongside some of the world’s leading jazz performers both in the studio and at live events, including a number of notable UK and European jazz festivals. Anne later relocated from the Midlands to London where she continued at BBC Radio 2, working on live music programmes such as Friday Night Is Music Night, and Proms In The Park with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox, and the Paul O’Grady and Huey Morgan shows.
Anne then joined Jazz Services in April 2012 as Touring, Recording and International Manager, running the National and Rural Touring Schemes along with the Recording Support and PRSF/Jazz Services Promoters schemes. On the European stage, she ran the British Jazz Stand at the JazzAhead industry event in Bremen for 3 years and has represented Jazz Services at the European Jazz Network. Still further afield, Anne worked alongside international promoters ESIP to organise Jazz Services’ involvement in the Made In The UK showcase concert series at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, USA, and at the Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals. Her tenure with Jazz Services gave her an unrivalled insight into the workings of the UK and international jazz scenes as well as a huge network of contacts, from promoters to festival organisers and musicians.
During her time working on live music programmes at BBC Radio 2, Anne gained considerable experience of organising and co-ordinating large scale music productions and tours. Highlights included setting up a European tour for the BBC Big Band with the legendary Ray Charles and his rhythm section; a joint tour of Germany with the BBC and the RIAS Big Bands; and co-ordinating a major multi-media production for BBC 2 Music Live at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast with George Benson and his band, Joe Sample, the BBC Big Band, and musicians from The Ulster Orchestra (a DVD of this concert was simultaneously recorded for the PBS network in the USA). Anne was the BBC co-ordinator for the Birmingham Town Hall re-opening concert, ‘Soulful Messiah, working closely with joint producers Serious. This event involved a line-up of local and national musicians, including soloists, Cleveland Watkiss, Ruby Turner, Soweto Kinch, Black Voices, BBC Big Band, the Reggae Philharmonic and the cream of local gospel music. She was one half of the team who organised BBC Proms In The Park for 3 years, working with the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carerras, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Brian May, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Westlife.
As well as organising, Anne also stage-managed these events as well as regular BBC Radio 2 live music concerts and events, including Radio 2 Live at The Lights in Blackpool (with Boyzone), Radio 2 Live in London from the O2 arena (with Adele, Duffy and James Morrison), Live from Elland Road (with Kaiser Chiefs), concerts (with Take That, Coldplay, Sir Tom Jones, Neil Diamond), BBC Electric Proms (with Burt Bacharach and Jamie Cullum) and Big Band Special concerts (with guests including Dame Cleo Laine, George Shearing, Monty Alexander, Natalie Cole, Jane Monheit, Joe Levano, Abdullah Ibrahim, Billy Cobham, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Louie Bellson, Van Morrison, Patti Austin, Dr John and Lalo Schiffrin). You can contact Anne here
“Man, nobody works a room like her!” – George Benson, multiple-Grammy award winning artist
“ Anne and I were colleagues at BBC Radio 2, and it was always a joy to work with her. Anne has that rare ability to maintain meticulous attention to detail, alongside a relaxed good humour, and her organisational skills are second to none. Add that to her longstanding service and wealth of experience in the jazz arena, both with established jazz superstars, and undiscovered talent, and you have an unbeatable asset.” – Helen Mayhew, BBC & Jazz FM broadcaster
“I worked alongside Anne for a couple of years on my BBC Radio 2 show God’s Jukebox. Playing everything from hip hop to country, funk and gospel to ska and rocksteady, as well as live music sessions from BBC Maida Vale; including Dr John, The Blockheads, The Beat, Dale Watson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Prince Fatty, Paul Weller, Hank Wangford, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Richard Hawley, The Heptones… We had a lot of fun! Anne has a genuine love and knowledge of music regardless of the genre, along with experience, great organisational skills and a relaxed, friendly manner and sense of humour that put guests at ease.” – Mark Lamarr, Comedian, TV & Radio presenter, writer.
The Right Tempo logo was designed by Anthony Statham.