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 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 26-50 of 69 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 81375 10-in. 11/30/1923 You better keep babying baby Georgians ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia 81376 10-in. 11/30/1923 I've got a cross-eyed papa Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Billy Jones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia 81444 10-in. 12/28/1923 Lovey came back Georgians ; Frank Guarente Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81445 10-in. 12/28/1923 Dancin' Dan Georgians ; Frank Guarente Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81459 10-in. 1/4/1924 O, gee, Georgie! Eddie Cantor ; Georgians Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81460 10-in. 1/4/1924 If you do-what you do Eddie Cantor ; Georgians Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81467 10-in. 1/9/1924 Ain't you ashamed? Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81468 10-in. 1/9/1924 Hula Lou Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81474 10-in. 1/11/1924 Maybe Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81475 10-in. 1/11/1924 Take a look at this Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81478 10-in. 1/12/1924 Daddy, change your mind Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia 81515 10-in. 2/1/1924 Mindin' my bus'ness Georgians Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81516 10-in. 2/1/1924 If you'll come back Georgians ; Frank Guarente Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81652 10-in. 3/27/1924 Don't mind the rain Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Blossom Seeley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81653 10-in. 3/27/1924 Lazy Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Blossom Seeley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81654 10-in. 3/27/1924 Big boy! Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81655 10-in. 3/27/1924 Someday sweetheart Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Dolly Kay Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81771 10-in. 5/10/1924 Bringin' home the bacon Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Blossom Seeley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81772 10-in. 5/10/1924 A new kind of man with a new kind of love for me Georgians ; Frank Guarente ; Blossom Seeley Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81783 10-in. 5/16/1924 Savannah Georgians ; Frank Guarente Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 81784 10-in. 5/16/1924 Doodle doo doo Georgians ; Frank Guarente Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 140146 10-in. 11/18/1924 My best girl Georgians Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 140148 10-in. 11/24/1924 Everybody loves my baby Georgians Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W140706 10-in. 6/20/1925 Are they pickin' on your baby Georgians Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W140707 10-in. 6/20/1925 Charleston baby o'mine Georgians Jazz/dance band leader  
(Results 26-50 of 69 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Guarente, Frank," accessed January 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.

Guarente, Frank. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110529.

"Guarente, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 January 2023.

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