Francisco Saverio "Frank" Guarente (October 5, 1893, Montemiletto, Italy - July 21, 1942, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.
Guarente received formal training in music while in Italy, and emigrated to America in 1910, settling in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where a brother of his lived. He relocated to New Orleans in 1914, where he took a job in a bank and associated with ethnically Italian musicians such as Nick LaRocca and Tony Parenti; he also met King Oliver, and eventually started getting gigs with New Orleans brass bands. He played at Tom Anderson's club and toured Texas under the name Ragtime Frank with his ensemble, the Alabama Five. In 1917 he served in the United States Army during World War I, then played in Philadelphia with Charlie Kerr (alongside Eddie Lang).
He founded his own group in 1921 in New York, which included Arthur Schutt and Chauncey Morehouse. Soon after, Paul Specht picked his players up to join a larger orchestra, and Guarente played with Specht, including on European tours, through 1924. He also led a Specht side group called The Georgians, which recorded between 1922 and 1924 in the style of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. In 1924 he left Specht to form his own group, The New Georgians, which was active until 1927 and did its own European tours. In 1927-1928 he worked in England with the Savoy Orpheans and ensembles associated with Bert Firman. Returning to the United States in 1928, he joined Specht's orchestra again, playing until 1930. He joined Victor Young's band in 1930, remaining there until 1936, and also played with Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Bing Crosby, and The Boswell Sisters on record and radio. In 1937 ill health forced him to quit performing.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 5, 1893 (Montemiletto), Died July 21, 1942
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, trumpet, songwriter, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 69 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||80695||10-in.||11/29/1922||I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80696||10-in.||11/29/1922||Chicago (That toddling town)||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80744||10-in.||12/21/1922||'Way down yonder in New Orleans||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80745||10-in.||12/21/1922||Nothing but||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80804||10-in.||1/26/1923||Loose feet||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80808||10-in.||1/27/1923||Aggravatin' papa||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80847||10-in.||2/9/1923||That red head gal||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80848||10-in.||2/9/1923||You tell her—I stutter||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80870||10-in.||2/24/1923||You've got to see Mamma ev'ry night||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80887||10-in.||3/6/1923||Farewell blues||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80900||10-in.||3/14/1923||Snakes hips||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80992||10-in.||4/27/1923||Old King Tut||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||80993||10-in.||4/27/1923||Barney Google||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81017||10-in.||5/16/1923||Henpecked blues||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81018||10-in.||5/16/1923||Long lost mamma||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81196||10-in.||9/6/1923||Land of cotton blues||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81197||10-in.||9/6/1923||Mamma loves Papa||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81214||10-in.||9/16/1923||Mama goes where Papa goes||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81215||10-in.||9/16/1923||Somebody's wrong||Georgians ; Frank Guarente||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81272||10-in.||10/9/1923||I'm sitting pretty in a pretty little city||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81273||10-in.||10/9/1923||Learn to do the strut||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81335||10-in.||11/8/1923||Home town blues||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81336||10-in.||11/8/1923||You may be fast "but" your mamma's gonna slow you down||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81360||10-in.||11/17/1923||Shake your feet||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||81361||10-in.||11/17/1923||Old fashioned love||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guarente, Frank," accessed February 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.
Guarente, Frank. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.
"Guarente, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 February 2023.
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