John Critchinson at Herts Jazz Club

JOHN Critchinson is making his first appearance at Herts Jazz Club as a bandleader on Sunday evening. “Critch” was born a true Cockney but spent until his mid-forties in the West Country, around the Bath area.

He worked with Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Major Holly and many others in the early 1950s at a weekly jazz club in Chippenham and was a member of Bristol’s legendary Avon Cities Jazz Band. He moved to London and joined Ronnie Scott’s Quartet and was with the band until it ceased working in 1995. Whilst with Ronnie’s various groups, John also spent three years with the Morrissey Mullen Band and worked with many great American players including Chet Baker, George Coleman and James Moody.

A highly-acclaimed modern jazz pianist and accompanist who played for Ronnie Scott for more than 12 years, he is much in demand for his strong, swinging, hard bop playing.

The evening at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, gets underway at 7.45pm and tickets are �11 online at, �13 on the door and �5 for students and under-21s.