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 Edelhagens 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...