Frank Froeba or Froba (August 1907, New Orleans - February 16, 1981, Miami) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Froeba held jobs in the bands of Johnny Wiggs and John Tobin while still in his teens. He played with Johnny de Droit in New York City in 1924-25, then led his own band in Atlantic City in the latter half of the decade, in addition to moonlighting in other dance ensembles. He recorded with Jack Purvis in 1930 and with Jack Bland in 1932, then worked with Benny Goodman in 1933-35. From 1935 to 1944 he led his own band, including on recordings for Columbia and Decca. Among his most celebrated sideman were Bunny Berigan, Jack Purvis, Bobby Hackett and Joe Marsala. He was a house pianist for Decca in the 1930s and 1940s, playing behind Bob Howard and Lil Armstrong, among others. In 1955 he moved to Miami and performed as Frank Froba, moving more into popular performance.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 6th, 1907 (New Orleans), Died February 16th, 1981
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 208 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-037631||10-in.||6/13/1939||The jumpin' jive (Jim, jam, jump)||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037738||10-in.||6/21/1939||The jumpin' jive (Jim jam jump)||Butch Stone ; Van Alexander Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E31917||10-in.||1/31/1930||Clam house||Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy||Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31918||10-in.||1/31/1930||Round town||Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy||Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31919||10-in.||1/31/1930||Black and blue||Adrian Rollini ; Snake & Teddy||Saxophone solo, with piano and guitar||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39808||10-in.||8/5/1935||Double trouble||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39809||10-in.||8/5/1935||You're all I need||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39810||10-in.||8/5/1935||In the middle of a kiss||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39811||10-in.||8/5/1935||When I grow too old to dream||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39812||10-in.||8/5/1935||Rhythm is our business||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39813||10-in.||8/5/1935||I wished on the moon||Mike Riley, Eddie Farley and their Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60004||10-in.||9/26/1935||Looking for love||Riley-Farley and their Onyx Club Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60005||10-in.||9/26/1935||South||Riley-Farley and their Onyx Club Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60006||10-in.||9/26/1935||The music goes round and around||Riley-Farley and their Onyx Club Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60007||10-in.||9/27/1935||Truckin'||Johnnie Davis||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60008||10-in.||9/27/1935||Loafin' time||Johnnie Davis||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60011||10-in.||9/28/1935||I feel a song comin' on||Johnny Davis||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60012||10-in.||9/28/1935||Everything is okey-dokey||Johnny Davis||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60073||10-in.||10/17/1935||It's funny what a kiss can do||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60074||10-in.||10/17/1935||Sugar plum||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60075||10-in.||10/17/1935||It's written in the stars||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60076||10-in.||10/17/1935||Give me a break, baby||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60096||10-in.||10/22/1935||Georgia rockin' chair||Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60097||10-in.||10/22/1935||Monday in Manhattan||Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||60098||10-in.||10/22/1935||Every now and then||Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Froeba, Frank," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
Froeba, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
"Froeba, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.
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