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 26-29 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca P 77434 10-in. July 1935 Avalon Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca P 77440 10-in. July 1935 Clouds Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca P 77539 10-in. September 1935 Some of these days Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca P 77540 10-in. September 1935 Djangology Quintette du Hot Club de France instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Vola, Louis," accessed June 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112239.

Vola, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112239.

"Vola, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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