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John Critchinson

Born a true Cockney but spent his formative years (until aged 44!) in the West Country, around the Bath area. Worked with Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Major Holly and many others in the early 1950s at a weekly jazz club, The Icebox, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, whilst an apprentice electrician in his 'teens. After apprenticeship, worked as a semi-pro in and around Bath, including 2 years with the Bristol based Avon Cities Jazz Band, then moved via Bridport (Dorset) to Torquay (Devon). After 18 months running a Quartet at the Imperial Hotel, in 1978 with the valued help of his friend and teacher, pianist Bill le Sage, he moved to London and joined Ronnie Scott's Quartet and was with the band until it ceased working in 1995. Some 15 years ago, singer Jacqui Hicks joined John for some Duet performances at several London Pizza Express restaurants. This musical partnership has led to many successful appearances in and around London in Quartet & Quintet form plus 2 CDs. See Homepage. In early 2005, tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett asked John to join his Quartet and this Band's popularity continues to grow due to Simon's energy and musicianship. Their first CD 'Introducing Simon Spillett' is on Woodville Records as is CD No.2 - ‘Sienna Red’.


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