Francis Henry "Jumbo Jack" Gardner August 14, 1903, Joliet, Illinois – November 26, 1957, Dallas, Texas) was an American jazz pianist.
Gardner played locally in Denver in the early 1920s, including with Doc Becker's Blue Devils and Boyd Senter's band. He moved to Chicago in 1923, where he led his own band in addition to playing with musicians like Wingy Manone, Jean Goldkette, and Gene Austin. He remained in Chicago through 1937, playing with Jimmy McPartland in 1936. Moving to New York City, he began associations with Sandy Williams's orchestra and Harry James, but returned to Chicago early in the 1940s, where he led his own group. In 1944 he recorded with Baby Dodds. He spent much of his later life playing in Dallas, Texas.
Gardner's compositions include the song "Bye, Bye, Pretty Baby".
Birth and Death Data: Born August 14th, 1903 (Joliet), Died November 26th, 1957 (Dallas)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, songwriter, piano, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-34038||10-in.||12/17/1925||Hangin' around||Fred Hamm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39135||10-in.||8/30/1927||Bye-bye pretty baby||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39449||10-in.||7/21/1927||Bye-bye, pretty baby||Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45571||10-in.||6/8/1928||You're wonderful||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||141942||10-in.||4/9/1926||Hangin' around||Original Indiana Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W142046||10-in.||4/19/1926||Hangin' around||Warner's Seven Aces||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||144456||10-in.||7/15/1927||Bye-bye pretty baby||Royal Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144503||10-in.||7/26/1927||Bye-bye pretty baby||Broadway Nitelites ; Bob Carroll||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144537||10-in.||8/8/1927||Bye-bye pretty baby||Billy "Uke" Carpenter||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Columbia||W145830||10-in.||3/23/1928||You're wonderful||Paul Ash Orchestra ; Paul Small||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W146372||10-in.||5/31/1928||You're wonderful||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||8746||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Too late now||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter, leader|
|OKeh||8747||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Ponjola||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, leader|
|OKeh||8748||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Who? You?||Jack Gardner Orchestra ; Dillon White||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, leader|
|OKeh||8749||10-in.||Oct. 1924||I know she does (Because she told me so)||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist, leader|
|OKeh||8750||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Who'd a thunk it||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|OKeh||8751||10-in.||Oct. 1924||By the river Nile||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|OKeh||8752||10-in.||Oct. 1924||Blackin' blues||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|OKeh||8753||10-in.||Oct. 1924||You'll never know the difference (A hundred years from now)||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, leader|
|OKeh||9352||10-in.||Sept. 1925||Ida I do||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||9353||10-in.||Sept. 1925||Give me just a little bit||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||9354||10-in.||Sept. 1925||Hitch up the horses||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|OKeh||9355||10-in.||Sept. 1925||Hot aire||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||9356||10-in.||Sept. 1925||The camel walk||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||9357||10-in.||Sept. 1925||When a blonde makes up her mind to do you good||Jack Gardner Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gardner, Jack," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109662.
Gardner, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109662.
"Gardner, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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