12 Jan

Happy New Year to everyone!

January and February 2018 are going to be very busy for Right Tempo with 3 bands out on the road.  Christine Tobin’s Arts Council England supported PELT Tour hits the road on Thursday 25 January at Bridport Arts Centre and carries on throughout the UK with another 11 gigs finishing in Birmingham on Saturday 10 Feb.  All other gig dates and details are below on the Tour Poster or can be found here http://righttempoagency.com/concerts/christine-tobin/

PELT Tour Poster

Malija are also back on the road for the second part of their Instinct Arts Council England Supported UK Tour.  Their first date is Wednesday 24 January at Stratford Upon Avon Art House and runs through until Friday 9 February at Crookes  Social Club in Sheffield.  All their other gig dates and details can again be found on the Tour Poster below or here http://righttempoagency.com/concerts/malija/

Malija Tour Poster

Julian Siegel also has 2 major gigs, as guest soloist, performing his own music for Jazz Orchestra, from re-imaginings and expansions of existing music written for small band, to the Derby Jazz commission ‘Tales From The Jacquard’, with the great NDR Big Band, in Hamburg on Friday 2 February and Saturday 3 February in Hannover.  Plus Julian is also taking along with him another Right Tempo favourite, longtime sparring partner, the brilliant Gene Calderazzo to play the drums! Details of these 2 gigs can be found here

Hamburg gig link
Hannover Gig Link

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Here’s hoping you all have great tours/gigs guys and we’re looking forward to seeing you all at plenty of them in the coming weeks!


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Christine Tobin UK PELT Tour!

17 Oct










 Photo Credit: Des McMahon.


Here at Right Tempo we’re delighted to announce an extensive UK Christine Tobin PELT tour, supported by Arts Council England, taking place in January/February 2018! Please see below the official Riot Squad press release for the tour. We’re so excited! Please check out our new PELT Facebook (PELT@UKTour2018), Twitter (@ctobinPELT) and Instagram (@ctobinpelt) pages.  We’ll be up-dating all these regularly.

Christine Tobin PELT

Irish born, NYC based singer and composer Christine Tobin announces a 12-date tour, supported by Arts Council England, across the UK in early 2018 of her most recent critically acclaimed album, PELT. PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. A stellar band will join her for these performances and Paul Muldoon will make a guest appearance at the Exeter show. Multi award-winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman will be joining Christine for the London and Southampton shows (full details below).

Pelt strikes that most elusive of balances between familiarity and strangeness, by turns recalling Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell, without being beholden to any particular genre or influence… music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical, all played with punkish attitude...” The Irish Times ****

UK Tour dates 2018

25 January   Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset


26 January   Calstock Arts, Cornwall


27 January   Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon


28 January   Exeter Phoenix, Devon


1 February   Turner Sims, Southampton


2 February   Derby Jazz, Deda Studio Theatre


3 February   Hall 2, Kings Place, London (2 shows 7.30 pm and 9.15 pm)


4 February   Northern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage, Gateshead


6 February   Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff


 7 February   The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol


8 February   Jazz Steps Nottingham, Bonington Theatre


10 February Jazzlines Birmingham, Venue TBC








 PELT album cover by Maxine Sutton

An integral part of the UK music scene for many years, Christine Tobin is renowned for her unique rich voice and original compositional style. With eleven highly acclaimed CDs under her own name and four major awards under her belt, Christine is treasured in the UK and far beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene.

In December 2012 Christine won a BASCA British Composers Award for her spellbinding settings of poems by WB Yeats, ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. The award included a PRSF commission to write new music and the album PELT was the result. For Christine text and music have always been equally important and PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. Although a continuation of Tobin’s alchemy with fine words and music and her exploration of the chemistry between the two, PELT marked a new direction and a new musical soundscape and is both daring and dreamlike, passionate and playful.

Tobin leads her virtuosic musicians across a kaleidoscopic panorama, sometimes as junkyard blues philosopher, or snappy beat seductress, sometimes as a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin’s trademark originality. The seed of the idea for setting Paul Muldoon’s poems came when the pair were invited to collaborate and perform a piece at the Kilkenny Arts Festival back in 2011. Christine had long admired Muldoon’s work and he was greatly impressed by her settings of WB Yeats. The texts chosen for the PELT collection are a mix of his poems and lyrics. 

 Christine’s stellar band for this tour will feature Richard Jones violin, Kate Shortt cello & backing vocals, Gareth Lockrane flutes, Phil Robson guitar & electronics, Steve Hamilton piano, keyboard & laptop, Dave Whitford double & electric basses & Simon Lea drums. There will be poetry readings by Eva Salzman (Turner Sims and Kings Place) and Paul Muldoon (Exeter Phoenix).

“…there’s a patience and clarity to her handling of fine poetry, but there’s a tough, bluesy assertiveness to this album too. Tobin sounds almost as scornfully sardonic as 60s Dylan… Muldoon and Tobin make a powerful team.” The Guardian****

“…feisty original music written by Tobin for a programme that covers the Americana waterfront. The album is a masterclass in songcraft.”  BBC Music Magazine *****

Tobin’s vocals, veering from acrobatic to sultry, are tailored perfectly for the material, her evocations of time and place precise. Classy and lovely.” The Observer ****

PELT is marked by its timbral richness and breathtaking imaginative scope… a remarkable equipoise of the hard-hitting and the understated… one of the year’s must-hear albums.” Jazzwise**** Recommended 

“The Voice is a killer.”  fRoots


For all media enquiries please contact Siân Williams at Riotsquad Publicity

sian@riotsquadpublicity.com / 020 7223 7441

For all other enquiries about the Tour please contact Anne Rigg at Right Tempo Agency

right_tempo@icloud.com  /  07506 299833


Arts Council logo     Right Tempo logoRiot Squad logo








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18 Sep



 Photo credit: Des McMahon

We’re delighted to announce Christine Tobin’s UK Autumn Tour dates.  It’s become a rare treat to be able to see Christine and indeed Phil Robson as they are now based between NYC and the UK, so this is a great opportunity to catch up with her again!  We hope to see you at some of the gigs.  Full details of all her gigs can be found below.



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15 Sep

We’re delighted to announce that Arts Council England will be supporting Malija’s Instinct UK tour in Oct/Nov 2017 and Jan/Feb 2018.  Congratulations guys!
Instinct is out now on Edition Records

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Malija – New CD out on Edition Records!

4 Sep

The wait’s nearly over for Malija’s highly anticipated second CD on Edition Records. Instinct  is released this Friday 8th September!

You can pre-prder your copy here https://malija.bandcamp.com/

And here’s a little taster of what’s to come from the studio recording in Copenhagen.

Can’t Wait!



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Malija’s ‘Instinct’ Autumn Tour

7 Jul





Following the release of Malija’s second CD, ‘Insight’ on Edition Records at the end of September 2017 the band are undertaking a major UK tour in October and November 2017.  Plenty of opportunity to catch the guys at one of these dates! Full details here:




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Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra ‘Debut’ Tour

10 Mar

Right Tempo are so excited about Julian Siegel’s Jazz Orchestra ‘Debut’ Tour finally hitting the road next week!  We hope to see you at one the below gigs!

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Also you can check out a great interview Julian did about the upcoming tour on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show last week here


Here’s a link as well to a brilliant interview Julian did for London Jazz News too!


The gig at Lakeside Arts Nottingham, is also being recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and will be broadcast on Monday 3rd April 2017!

Here’s to a great tour Julian!

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18 Dec
BIG NEWS! We are thrilled to announce the Debut Tour of the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra in March 2017. The tour has been made possible by tour producers www.derby-jazz.co.uk and www.righttempoagency.com and with grateful support and many thanks from www.artscouncil.org.uk and www.emjazz.co.uk (East Midlands Jazz). Huge thanks to Geoff Wright at Derby Jazz!


Tuesday 14th LEICESTER Jazz House,

Weds 15th NOTTINGHAM Lakeside,

Thurs 16th LONDON, Ronnie Scotts, Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special
Double bill with Nick Smart’s ‘Black Eyed Dog’ (the music of Nick Drake)

Friday 17th LINCOLN Terry O’Toole Theatre

Saturday 18th DERBY, Guildhall Theatre

Sunday 19th BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

Hope to see you at one of the gigs!

For full band line-up please see below.

Here’s the official press release:



Pic.by Leonie Hampton

Julian Siegel sets out on a new stage in his career launching his new nineteen piece, all-star jazz orchestra with a major UK Tour in March 2017 produced by Derby Jazz, with support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and EMJAZZ .

JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. He was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and the 2011 London Jazz Award. In March 2017 Julian takes the brand new Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra on the road for the first time, this ‘handpicked’ and stellar line-up features some of Julian’s favourite players on the UK and European scene and represents a fulfillment of a long standing wish to bring this line up together, it promises to be a big party and celebration……Not to be missed!

Conducted by Nick Smart the Jazz Orchestra includes Saxophonists Stan Sulzmann, Jason Yarde and Tori Freestone, Trumpeters Henry Lowther and Claus Stoetter (invited over from the NDR Big Band, Hamburg), Trombonist Mark Nightingale and Guitarist Mike Outram, all based around the dynamic and creative rhythm section of his long standing group the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring Liam Noble, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo.


Saxes / Clarinets / Compositions / Arrangements    

Julian Siegel


Nick Smart


Tom Walsh

Percy Pursglove

Henry Lowther

Claus Stoetter

Alto Saxophones

Mike Chillingworth

Jason Yarde

Tenor Saxophones

Stan Sulzmann

Tori Freestone

Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet

Gemma Moore


Mark Nightingale

Trevor Mires

Harry Brown

Bass Trombone and Tuba

Richard Henry


Mike Outram


Liam Noble

Double and Electric Bass

Oli Hayhurst


Gene Calderazzo

In small band situations Julian has recorded and toured internationally with his band the Julian Siegel Quartet, with his New York trio featuring Joey Baron and Greg Cohen and with Partisans, co-led for 20 years with guitarist Phil Robson. In large ensembles Julian has played and recorded with Big Bands including Kenny Wheeler on the album ‘The Long Waiting’ (CAM Jazz), Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday tour (alongside Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum), Steve Gray, Django Bates’ ‘Delightful Precipice’, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica, Stan Sulzmann, John Dankworth’s Generation Big Band , NDR Big Band with Al Jarreau, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Allan Ganley, Hans Koller ‘New Memories’ with Steve Lacy, BBC Big Band with Maceo Parker, Jason Yarde’s ‘Acoutastic Bombastic’ and Hal Willner’s Nino Rota Project ‘Amarcord’ with Carla Bley, Nitin Sawhney and Rita Marcotulli

Inspired by these great experiences playing the music of some of the most important Jazz composers of this generation, and coupled with a long standing wish to write for larger ensemble, Julian here brings the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra together for the first time, embarking on it’s debut UK tour in March 2017 with the grateful assistance Derby Jazz, Arts Council England and EMJAZZ (East Midlands Jazz).


The music the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra will play on its first UK Tour will feature Julian’s new music for Jazz Orchestra, from re-imaginings and expansions of Julian’s music for small band to a new piece commissioned by Derby Jazz specially for this tour. ‘Tales from the Jacquard’ draws inspiration from the lacemaking process and the Jacquard cards, which controlled the lace knitting machines. (Julian’s parents and family ran a lace manufacturing business in Nottingham’s lace market for 50 years). Julian would like to thank Cluny Lace, Ilkeston, Derbyshire for their great help in researching this piece www.clunylace.com

In recent years Julian has been commissioned by NYJO, the Voice of the North Orchestra and he wrote a set of music for a concert in the Guildhall Jazz Festival with the Guildhall Jazz Band directed by Scott Stroman. In November 2015 NYJO released their latest Album ‘NYJO 50(Whirlwind) with Julian’s ‘Mama Badgers’ for Jazz Orchestra being the first piece on the new double album, with Julian as featured soloist on the piece. NYJO regularly perform ‘Mama Badgers’ in their live shows, most recently at their sold out concerts in the London Jazz Festival November 2015 and Ronnie Scotts Club in January 2016 and it continues to be a favourite with the band on the road.

Mark Armstrong (NYJO MD) writes

“Julian Siegel’s piece for NYJO has successfully synthesised his unique personal voice as a writer with a strong feeling for and extension of the big band tradition. Julian’s piece ‘Mama Badgers’ is an innovative extension of the funk genre with a tightly controlled form that allows solo space for improvising musicians as well as colourful harmony and bold melodic contours.”


 Julian and Geoff Wright of Derby Jazz are both available for interview.

Contact Julian through Anne Rigg at right_tempo@icloud.com

Contact Geoff Wright at Geoff@derby-jazz.co.uk


“A world class saxophonist” – Jazz UK.

” One of Europe’s leading jazz player-composers, his ability to turn demanding structures into expressive, direct music shows why he’s in the limelight” John Fordham, The Guardian June 2015

“It takes only two tracks of this celebratory double album NYJO 50 to establish the breadth, maturity and technical excellence of this long-established proving ground of UK jazz talent.The intricate patchwork of riffs and dramatic tempo changes of “Mama Badgers” leads into the supple sonorities of the aptly-titled “Dreams”… fresh-minted arrangements, full-on blare with gentle balladry and contemporary funk.“ – Mike Hobart Financial Times, November , 2015

”Beyond the cut and thrust dynamics of his tenor playing, the swirling shapes of his soprano or the aquatic breathing of his bass clarinet, it’s the strength of Siegel’s voice as a conceptualist and composer that really makes “Close-Up” work. Interfacing between the worlds of straight-ahead, free improv and dance grooves, Siegel posits his sonic world with a coherence and strength of character that reflects the lucidity of a man who knows exactly who he is. No matter what he plays.’

Kevin Le Gendre, Echoes review of Julian’s debut solo album “Close Up” (2002)

“Kept an awestruck audience on tenterhooks” Jazz UK on the Julian Siegel Trio, Vortex

“Siegel’s tunes are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies, never mere blowing exercises, their through-composed nature gives them real drama and momentum.”

Edward Randell on the Julian Siegel Quartet– MusicOMH

“Fast becoming a national treasure of the reeds” Jez Nelson Jazz on 3, QEH London Jazz Festival

“Approaches the depth and sensitivity of a Wayne Shorter or Stan Getz.” Straight No Chaser ,1997

” That lissom, free – wheeling saxophonist, Siegel’s wailing, swerving lines burst with character” John Fordham, The Guardian

 Derby Jazz Registered Office: Deda, Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU

Tel: +44(0) 1629 312961   www.derby-jazz.co.uk

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4 Dec

Christine is now back in NYC after a SOLD OUT CD launch for PELT
at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London.  It was an amazing night!

Thanks to the great musicians & a terrifically warm and enthusiastic audience.

Fab reviews coming in: BBC Music Magazine five stars *****.
A wonderful three page feature in Jazzwise Magazine
& four star **** Recommended review by Peter Quinn
who also chose it as his No 1 ‘Album of the Year’ 2016!!
(see Jazzwise Magazine December/January issue)
Another four star **** in the Irish Times!!


RTE, Lyric FM’s program ‘Blue Of The Night’ is making it their CD of the week starting December 12th.

NYC Irish Arts Center show SOLD OUT so extra date added!!
December 8(New extra show just added)

‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ Christine’s unique interpretations of
Leonard Cohen songs. With Gary Versace accordion & keys,
Phil Robson guitar & Joseph Lepore double bass
Show starts 7:30pm

Book tics

Christine has an APAP NYC showcase performance Jan 8, 2017!

Calling all promoters & industry people!!! Christine will be doing a showcase performance at APAP NYC on January 8th, 2017. Her slot is at 3.30-4pm. This takes place at the Hilton Hotel, Regent Parlor, NYC.


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1 Nov

Some lovely words from Ingrid Jensen about Christine in this article in JazzTimes!

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