John and Art Themen

THE JOHN CRITCHINSON/ART THEMEN QUARTETJohn and Art first came together around 1995 with the formation of the John Critchinson/ Art Themen Quartet with Dave Barry - Drums and Dave Green - Double Bass. They recorded a CD - "First Moves" which was released by Ronnie Scotts Jazz House records. This CD is now unavailable so if you find one it could be valuable!

[ "Anyone who has seen either of the joint leaders at work will know that they not only hugely enjoy their wonderfully spirited & good humoured music, but communicate their enjoyment. Nobody is trying to prove anything, conform to any kind of party line or dazzle us with technique - although there is plenty of it in evidence." Dave Gelly.]

John still works with Art’s Quartet when possible and occasionally with Art’s 3 Tenors Band. Singer Jacqui Hicks joined them for a couple of successful gigs at Lauderdale House Hampstead and at Jagz @ the Station Ascot and they are appearing at the Swanage Jazz Festival in July 2011.

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