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 76-100 of 208 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||63252||10-in.||2/7/1938||If you're a viper||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63253||10-in.||2/7/1938||Baby, it must be love||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63254||10-in.||2/7/1938||Raggedy but right||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63300||10-in.||2/21/1938||Joseph! Joseph!||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63301||10-in.||2/21/1938||Ti-pi-tin||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63314||10-in.||2/22/1938||Shortnin' bread||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63315||10-in.||2/22/1938||It's easier said than done||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63316||10-in.||2/22/1938||Where have we met before?||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63317||10-in.||2/22/1938||Ooooooo-oh boom!||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63353||10-in.||2/28/1938||Goodnight, angel||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63354||10-in.||2/28/1938||Let's sail to dreamland||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63355||10-in.||2/28/1938||Drop a nickel in the slot||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63356||10-in.||2/28/1938||You went to my head||Dick Robertson||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63575||10-in.||4/8/1938||In my Mizz||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63576||10-in.||4/8/1938||Toodle-oo||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63577||10-in.||4/8/1938||Just about the time||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||63578||10-in.||4/8/1938||Talk to me||Bob Howard Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||64254||10-in.||7/5/1938||Gobblins in the steeple||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||64255||10-in.||7/5/1938||Minuet in jazz||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||64646||10-in.||9/13/1938||The Lambeth walk||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||64647||10-in.||9/13/1938||Rockin' in rhythm||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||65089||10-in.||3/1/1939||Annabella||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||65090||10-in.||3/1/1939||The whistler and his dog||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||65750||10-in.||6/8/1939||In an 18th century drawing room||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||65751||10-in.||6/8/1939||The shoemaker's holiday||Milt Herth Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Froeba, Frank," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
Froeba, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106920.
"Froeba, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.
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