|John Critchinson (foreground) with Dave Green
at the 2013 Herts Jazz Festival
Photo credit: Melody McLaren
The sad news is just out of the passing of pianist John Critchinson earlier today at the age of 82. It was less than 48 hours after a benefit night was held for him at the 606, in advance of which Jacqui Hicks wrote this appreciation, which now serves as a tribute to a universally liked, gentle man and a superbly melodic pianist who graced bands from being a fixture at Ronnie Scott’s to Morrissey Mullen. Biography. In sadness.