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|
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.
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