Al Viola

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Al Viola

American musician add

Category: Music

Born in 1919.

Countries: United States (56%), California (33%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Frank Sinatra, Mel Lewis, World War II

Linked to: Associated Press, The New York Times, United States Army




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Al Viola was born in 1919 add something


He enlisted in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945 and played in an Army jazz band add something


After he was discharged in 1946, he and Page Cavanaugh, whom he had met while serving in the Army, along with joined bassist Lloyd Pratt, formed a trio add something


The ensemble appeared in several films, including the Doris Day vehicle "Romance on the High Seas", and played a few dates in 1946 and 1947 with Frank Sinatra add something


Viola continued to work with Sinatra regularly, accompanying him on several hundred studio recordings and concert dates between 1956 and 1980 add something


Jim Aton - In 1959, Aton joined pianist-singer "'Nancy Malcom"', guitarist Al Viola and drummer Mel Lewis on the critically acclaimed RCA-Camden LP, "'"The West Coast of Broadway


Viola and Cavanaugh reunited in the 1980s with Phil Mallory, and continued to play regularly in the Los Angeles area until the late 1990s add something


In 2005, he collaborated with Judy Chamberlain on a "Jazz Salute to Frank Sinatra" in Hollywood add something


Viola died of cancer in 2007, aged 87 add something

Al Viola died in 2007 add something