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CRITCHINSON, John

(b 24 Dec. '34, London) UK jazz pianist. Self taught after tuition from grandfather at age three. Family moved to Bath; worked as farmer, served electrical apprenticeship, but meanwhile co-ran jazz club; turned pro, joined band in Bath which folded; to London '57, day job servicing organs for Boosey and Hawkes. Gave up on London, worked for Gas Board, tuned car engines, played in resort hotels. Break came May '79 with call to join house band at Ronnie Scott's club: still there years later, his style infl. by Oscar Peterson, full of joy. Also played with Morrisey-Mullen, then trio CDM with drummer Martin Drew, bassist Ron Mathewson from club; albums (under Critchenson's name) incl. Summer Afternoon '82, New Night '84 on Coda. Formed quartet mid-'90s with saxophonist Art Themen, Fave Green on bass, Dave Barry on drums: First Moves on Ronnie Scott's Jazz House. Excuse Me, Do I Know You? '99 on that label was a tribute to Scott, with Pat Crumly on reeds.