Sylvester Ahola

Sylvester Ahola (May 24, 1902 – February 13, 1995), a.k.a. Hooley, was a classic jazz trumpeter and cornetist born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He became most popular in England rather than the United States, and first began performing with Frank Ward and His Orchestra. In 1925 he started playing with Paul Specht and His Orchestra, with whom he did a two-month-long tour of England that following year. For the next couple of years he performed with bands like The California Ramblers and Adrian Rollini and his band.

In 1927 he moved to England and landed a job playing with the Savoy Orpheans and then gigged with Bert Firman and Bert Ambrose. The British Musicians' Union, unhappy to see a foreigner land so many jobs and attain so much success, effectively prohibited him from playing with anyone other than Bert Ambrose. This forced him to eventually leave in 1931 and return to New York City, where he never again achieved the level of success he had enjoyed during his time in England.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 24th, 1902 (Gloucester), Died February 13th, 1995 (Massachusetts)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, leader


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 11378 10-in. 12/17/1926 Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses Ethel Stanley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
Edison 11379 10-in. 12/17/1926 My baby's back (Cock-a-doodle, I'm off my noodle) Ethel Stanley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ahola, Sylvester," accessed July 28, 2021,

Ahola, Sylvester. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from

"Ahola, Sylvester." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

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