Louis Vola

Louis Vola (La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, 6 July 1902 – 15 August 1990, Paris), was a French double-bassist known for his work with the Quintette du Hot Club de France. He is the godfather of guitarist Francois Vola.

As well as the Hot Club de France, Vola played bass for Ray Ventura, Duke Ellington and singer Charles Trenet. He was also an accomplished accordionist.

In 1934 he was a founding member of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. In a 1976 interview, Vola recalled that he discovered Joseph and Django Reinhardt playing guitars together on a beach at Toulon. Vola invited them to play with his band. Violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist Roger Chaput were members of Vola's jazz ensemble. Vola later left the Quintette but eventually rejoined.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 6th, 1902 (La Seyne-sur-Mer), Died August 15th, 1990 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0LA1290 10-in. 10/15/1936 Nagasaki Stephane Grappelli ; Quintette du Hot Club de France ; Django Reinhardt Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1291 10-in. 10/15/1936 Swing guitars Stephane Grappelli ; Hot Club de France. Quintette ; Django Reinhardt Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1292 10-in. 10/15/1936 Georgia on my mind Quintet of the Hot Club of France ; Freddy Taylor Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1293 10-in. 10/15/1936 Shine Stephane Grappelli ; Quintette du Hot Club de France ; Django Reinhardt ; Freddy Taylor Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1702 10-in. 4/21/1937 Exactly like you Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1704 10-in. 4/21/1937 You're driving me crazy Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1990 10-in. 11/25/1937 Minor's swing Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1991 10-in. 11/25/1937 Viper's dream Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1994 10-in. 12/7/1937 Paramount stomp Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Gramophone 0LA1995 10-in. 12/7/1937 Swinging with Django Quintette du Hot Club de France Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2009HPP 10-in. 9/30/1935 St. Louis blues Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2035HPP 10-in. October 1935 Limehouse blues Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2079HPP 10-in. 10/21/1935 I've found a new baby Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2081HPP 10-in. 10/21/1935 China boy Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2082HPP 10-in. 10/21/1935 Moonglow Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 2083HPP 10-in. 10/21/1935 It don't mean a thing Stephane Grappelli ; Django Reinhardt instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3523 10-in. 1/31/1938 Honeysuckle rose Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3524 10-in. 1/31/1938 Sweet Georgia Brown Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3525 10-in. 1/31/1938 Night and day Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3527 10-in. 1/31/1938 Souvenirs Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3528 10-in. 1/31/1938 Daphne Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3529 10-in. 1/31/1938 Black and white Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DTB 3530 10-in. 1/31/1938 Stompin' at Decca Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca P 77240 10-in. March 1935 Lilly belle Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca P 77354 10-in. April 1935 Ultra fox Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Vola, Louis," accessed June 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112239.

Vola, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112239.

"Vola, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 June 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112239

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