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Jimmy Deuchar

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James Deuchar (26 June 1930[1] – 9 September 1993) was a Scottish jazz trumpeter and big band arranger, born in Dundee, Scotland.[1] He found fame as a performer and arranger in the 1950s and 1960s. Deuchar was taught trumpet by John Lynch, who learned bugle playing as a boy soldier in the First World War, and who later was Director of Brass Music for Dundee.


After National Service at Padgate, Warrington, England, Deuchar worked with the British modern jazz unit the Johnny Dankworth Seven.[1] In the 1950s, he worked with a number of commercial bands, such as the Oscar Rabin Band, and also intermittently with Ronnie Scott.[1] In the late 1950s, he worked with Kurt Edelhagen's orchestra in Germany.[1]

He returned to the UK and worked again with Scott (1960–62) and with Tubby Hayes (1962–66).[1] As a highly gifted player and a leading exponent of the "modern" style, he was in some demand and achieved success as a touring player in Europe and the United States. He also "sat in" with leading American players at Ronnie Scott's club as musical exchanges were liberalised at the start of the 1960s.

He returned to work with Edelhagen in 1966. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he also worked with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band,[1] featuring leading European and expatriate American musicians. He returned to London around 1971, working freelance, and then to Dundee in the mid-1970s. He continued to arrange, play and guest in a number of settings,[1] including the BBC Big Band in London and the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra in Glasgow, until his health deteriorated.

He died in 1993, aged 63.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Jimmy Deuchar (Discovery, 1953)[1]
  • Pal Jimmy! (Tempo 1957, re released on Jasmine, 2002)
  • Pub Crawling with Jimmy Deuchar (Contemporary, 1957)[1]
  • Music in the Making (Jasmine, 2001)
  • Opus de Funk (Jasmine, 2001)
  • The Anglo/American/Scottish Connection (Hep, 2004)[3]

As guest[edit]

With Victor Feldman

With Tubby Hayes

  • 1955 Swinging Giant, Vol. 1
  • 1962 Late Spot at Scott's
  • 1963 A Tribute: Tubbs
  • 1966 Night and Day
  • 2005 England's Late Jazz Great
  • 2005 Live in London, Vol. 2
  • 2007 The Little Giant
  • 2011 Dancing in the Dark

With Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Strachan, Graeme. "Moonlight on the Dighty: Jimmy Deuchar was Dundee's jazz trumpet hero". Thecourier.co.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Deuchar | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Deuchar | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2017.


  • John Chilton, Who's Who of British Jazz, Cassell, London, 1997, ISBN 9780304339099
  • Carr, Fairweather & Priestley, Jazz - the Essential Companion, Grafton Books, London, 1987, ISBN 978-0135092743