Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas ~ Jazz Guitarist

JimDouglasGuitarJim Douglas (1942-) played with Alex Welsh Band, he completed 19-yrs with the Group. One of Britain’s most fluent, experienced & eloquent Guitarists. Jim Douglas (born Robert James Elliot Douglas, 13th May 1942) is a Scottish Jazz Guitarist, banjoist & Author born in Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland. He is best known for his work with the Alex Welsh Band, which saw him playing with Musicians such as Red Allen, Earl Hine & Ruby Braff.

His membership of the Band ran from 1962 until the group disbanded in 1981. Douglas wrote and self-published a semi-Autobiographical book, Tunes Tours & Travelitis – 18-yrs of Facts, Faces & Fun with the Alex Welsh Band in which he cites several humorous encounters with Legends of the Business, as well as recounting the Band’s many strange & bizarre misadventures.


Also his progress from Boyhood to Jazzhood with warts & all. Jim’s Pre-sequel, Teenage to Travelitis traces the Award Winning Musician’s younger years, revisiting the Pals, Places & Promoters that were so ‘Instrumental’ to his Musical Progress. Jim Douglas, formed an interest in Jazz while at School.  After obtaining a Guitar to join the ‘Skiffle’ craze of the 1950s, Jim co-formed a Band with Clarinettist and fellow Author, Peter Kerr. Success in the Amateur ranks led to a winning appearance in the Carroll Levis Talent Show and a trip to London. After a few months spent cutting his Professional teeth in German Jazz Clubs, Jim joined the famous ‘Clyde Valley Stompers‘ with whom he had a hit version of ‘Peter & the Wolf‘.  In 1962 he was invited to join the Alex Welsh Band. Since Welsh’s premature death in 1981, Jim has shared his musical appearances with several sojourns into his 2nd great love, Cooking. Twice married, the 2nd happily still lasting for over 30 years and producing a son, Jim still plays and is also considering a sequel about the next period of his extraordinary life until the present time.


In 1971 he appeared on the Album Freddy Randall and His Famous Jazz Band.
Trumpet & Vocals: Freddie Randall
Bass: Arthur Watts
Clarinet: Dave Shepherd
Drums: Lennie Hastings
Guitar: Jim Douglas
Piano: Brian Lemon
Trombone: Peter Strange
Recorded At Radio Luxembourg Studios