Jimmy Deuchar Biography

26 June 1930, Dundee, Scotland, d. 9 September 1993. Like so many of the young UK musicians entering jazz in the immediate post-World War II years, trumpeter Deuchar was involved in regular bebop sessions at a handful of London clubs. Arising from this came his first important professional engagement, with the Johnny Dankworth Seven. In the early 50s he worked with a number of popular dance bands, playing jazz with artists including Ronnie Scott and Tony Crombie. In the mid-50s he worked with Lionel Hampton, then became a member of Kurt Edelhagen’s radio big band alongside musicians such as Derek Humble and Dusko Goykovich. During his association with Edelhagen, Deuchar turned more to arranging, although he found time to perform with Scott and Tubby Hayes in the Jazz Couriers.

In the second half of the 60s, still based in Europe, Deuchar became a member of the multi-national big band co-led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland. In the 70s Deuchar relocated to his native Scotland, concentrating upon arranging with only occasional recording sessions as a performer, showing that he had lost none of his considerable ability. His arranging continued into the 80s despite ill health, and included a fine album by Spike Robinson, The Gershwin Collection, on which Deuchar showed a clear grasp of how an arranger should overcome the problems associated with blending strings into a jazz performance.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.