|Birth name||Thomas Mossie McQuater|
|Born||4 September 1914|
|Origin||Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Died||20 January 2008 93)(aged|
|Instruments|| Trumpet |
|Associated acts||George Chisholm|
Thomas Mossie McQuater (4 September 1914 – 20 January 2008) was a Scottish jazz trumpeter.
Born in Maybole, Ayrshire, McQuater was most notable for his work in the United Kingdom with Bert Ambrose in the 1930s, and also for some recordings done with George Chisholm and Benny Carter. McQuater showed musical talent from an early age. Largely self-taught, he began on the cornet and by the age of 11 was a regular member of the Maybole Burgh Band – a brass band that won several competitions in the late 1920s – and played at local events and dances.
McQuater turned professional in his teens and got a regular position with Louis Freeman's Band, which played at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow.
In 1934, aged 20, McQuater was offered a job with one of London's most renowned bands: the Jack Payne Orchestra, which played in London and Paris. The following year he joined Lew Stone's bandand made the classic recording of "Pardon Me, Pretty Baby". In the 1940s, McQuater joined The Squadronaires, and worked with the BBC Showband in 1945. McQuater often performed with John McLevy in the 1970s and 1980s. In his later years, he concentrated his energy and playing around the Ealing Jazz Festival.
He died in London, aged 93, and was survived by his two sons.
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