Exudes talent, panache and style - a must-see Nicholas Fogg, Artistic Director, Marlborough Jazz Festival

Tamsin is a joy to watch and listen to - she really sparkles Shireen Francis, Singer

Tamsin belongs at the lighter end of the jazz spectrum. Singers she particularly admires include Peggy Lee, June Christy, Anita O’Day, Cleo Laine, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Brown Junior, Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker. While she enjoys singing the standards, she also has an active interest in reviving lost or forgotten songs, and is as likely to be attracted by the lyrics of a song as by the melody. She writes her own original lyrics and has also translated songs by Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet etc.

Witty, elegant lyrics. Her translations capture the intention and style of the originals. She has an instinct for knowing what will ‘sing’. Mark Jennett, Singer

You can tell when an audience is hooked by the story you are singing, and Tamsin's words never fail! Gabrielle Ducomble, Singer

If you can't get to Ronnie Scott's and you are longing for something special to chill out to at home, pour a large glass of your favourite wine , pop this album on, & you are as good as there... Lynn Parsons, Jazz FM

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As a songwriter herself, Tamsin has always enjoyed including less -well-known material in her jazz repertoire.  ‘Under Your Spell’ was a great opportunity for her to record some of her favourite discoveries with some of her favourite musicians, and a good time was had by all in studio.

The title track, ‘Under Your Spell’, is an original lyric written by Tamsin which Geoff Castle has set to a tailor-made tune.  This song was their second collaboration, after Tamsin wrote lyrics to an existing tune by Geoff, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, which she happened to hear saxophonist Tim Whitehead playing at a gig.

‘I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck’ is a cheery number by the Gershwin brothers, which was premiered by Fred Astaire in the 1937 movie ‘Shall We Dance?’.  It sounds simple, but there’s a slight kick to it – the chorus being only 28 bars long instead of the usual 32 (pass the anorak...)  

"Tamsin sings Berlin's 'Change Partners' with a sparkle in her voice that floats effortlessly over Geoff Castle's piano lines and the fluid drive of the rhythm section. A track like 'You're Makin' Me Crazy' demonstrates her ability to swing easily on the beat and bring out the meaning of the lyrics with consummate ease, aided and abetted by Geoff Castle and the free flowing rhythm boys." (Derek Anstell, Jazz Journal)


"Think Dinah Shore/Eydie Gorme and you'll get the measure of where Tamsin Collison is coming from on this album. 'Under your Spell' is an intimate affair which breathes new life into Rogers & Hart and Gershwin classics, plus neglected gems such as Oscar Brown Jnr's 'Opportunity Knocks', made even more delicious with a sprinkling of trumpet from Steve Waterman.

The musical arrangements are a dream, with Geoff Castle on Piano, Nick Kacal on Bass and Paul Cavaciuti on Drums. Geoff Castle lends his vocals to 'Lullaby in Ragtime' and also co-wrote the title track with Tamsin - a number which holds up really well alongside the standards; so much so, that I found myself humming it all day, after only a couple of hearings.

In my humble opinion, if you can't get to Ronnie Scott's and you are longing for something special to chill out to at home, pour a large glass of your favourite wine , pop this album on, & you are as good as there..." (Lynn Parsons, Jazz FM)

Listen to clips from Tamsin's new album Under Your Spell.