Frank Guarente

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 5th, 1893 (Montemiletto), Died July 21st, 1942

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, trumpet, songwriter, composer

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  
(Results 1-25 of 69 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guarente, Frank," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.

Guarente, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.

"Guarente, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529

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