Jean Douchamps

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Jean Edouard Douchamps (* 1915 in Brussels , † 1976 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe ) was a Belgian jazz musician ( double bass , guitar ).

Live and act

Douchamps learned violin from 1926, then guitar. Since 1928 he was interested in jazz. From 1929 he was part of Armand Boon's Whimney Sweepers Orchestra , and from 1931 to Georgy and His Hot Saxes . In the mid-1930s he played in the Brussels jazz scene in the formation Hot and Swing ADO , with whom he made his first recordings in 1936 (" I Can't Give You Anything but Love ") and of which he was a member until 1941. He also worked with Robert De Kers . In 1941 he was a founding member of the Quintette du Hot Club de Belgique around Henri Van Bemst ; he was also heard with René Gil, Jeff De Boeck , Charles Trénet / Léo Chauliac and in 1944 with Ernst van't Hoff / Bob Jacqmain . In 1942 he took on several titles under his own name for the first time (" Sweet Sue, Just You "). After the war he played in the International's Dance Orchestra, with Gus Viseur , Steve Kirk and His Kirk / Atures, and in the 1950s with Toots Thielemans , Bobby Naret , David Mackersie , Harry Frekin , Nelly Wijsbek / Charlie Knegtel , Henri Segers and from 1958 with David Bee and His Dixie Gang. In the field of jazz he was involved in 48 recording sessions between 1936 and 1968. In the 1950s, he put under his own name ( Jean Douchamps et son Orchester Typique ) a series of singles in the field of dance and light music forward, took for Decca as well in 1953 as John Sweet Field and his Petrolians on.


  • Emile Henceval (Ed.) Dictionnaire du jazz à Bruxelles et en Wallonie. Lying 1991

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Individual evidence

  1. With Henri Van Bemst (cl, tp). Georges Vormezeele (as, cl), Marcel Devroye (as), Willy Bombaerts (ts), Marcel Lefevre (p), Walter Bossaerts (git) Jean Douchamps (kb), Tony Vandertaelen (dr) and Bernard Heuvelmans (vcl)
  2. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed June 20, 2018)