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|
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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