John Critchinson

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John Critchinson
Born 24 December 1934
Genres Jazz
jazz fusion
Occupations Musician and composer
Associated acts Ronnie Scott

John William Frank Critchinson (born 24 December 1934), also known as "Critch", is an English jazz pianist.

Born in east London, in the early 1950s he worked, as a part-time musician, with Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, among others. In 1979, at the recommendation of his mentor, Bill Le Sage, he joined Ronnie Scott's Quartet and stayed until it ceased working in 1995.[1] During that time he worked with many visiting American artists including Chet Baker, George Coleman, James Moody, Joe Henderson and Johnny Griffin.

In the early 1980s he was also associated with the British jazz fusion duo Morrissey–Mullen, appearing on two of their albums. He also recorded with Dick Morrissey and was also a member of Martin Drew's Our Band, with Ron Mathewson, Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey.[2]

In 1995, Critchinson formed a quartet with Art Themen on saxophone, Dave Green on bass and Dave Barry on drums. When Scott died in 1996, Critchinson formed the Ronnie Scott Legacy with Pat Crumly on saxophone and flute.[1] More recently he has been playing and recording with saxophonist Simon Spillett.


  • Summer Afternoon - CODA
  • New Night - CODA
  • Where's The Tune, Johnny?
  • First Moves (1995)
  • With A Song in My Heart (2002)
  • Introducing Simon Spillett
  • Remove all Covers


  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "John Critchinson: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ Carr, Ian and Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley (2004) The Rough Guide to Jazz, p. 225. Rough Guides At Google Books. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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