Phil Darois has moved from tuba to contrabass to new-fangled electric bass in his unwavering commitment to providing bottom-end musical meat for a variety of genre repasts. He has been associated with several different types of groups in New Orleans jazz alone, including brass bands and commercial Dixieland, not bad for a northerner born in Massachusetts. Darois should not be considered a Yankee, however: he spent some of his formative years in Charlotte, NC. He performed in local combos in both Boston and the latter city as his studies took him southward, eventually winding up at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Following service in the Army, Darois worked in a series of symphony orchestras, dance bands, and military bands, playing a different repertoire in each type of group. During the late '40s he lived in New Orleans and gigged and recorded with both Leon Prima and Louis Prima -- this R&B might be considered the high point on his heat or excitement index, ensuing collaborations including dipping into the exceedingly mainstream Pete Fountain as well as a long residency at the Roosevelt Hotel in the Peter Toma Orchestra. During the '60s the Columbia Pictures film studio created a documentary about New Orleans, and Darois was among the musicians chosen to appear in it.