Jake Hanna

Jake Hanna

Hanna at the West Texas Jazz Party in Midland, Tx
Background information
Born (1931-04-04)April 4, 1931
Died February 12, 2010(2010-02-12) (aged 78)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments drums
External video
Oral History, Jake Hanna reflects on the fun he had with the great musicians in the Harry James band. Interview date February 24, 2006, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

Jake Hanna (April 4, 1931 – February 12, 2010) was an American jazz drummer.[1]

Hanna first performed in his home town of Boston, and was the house drummer at Storyville for a number of years in the 1950s and 1960s. He played with Toshiko Akiyoshi (1957), Maynard Ferguson (1958), Marian McPartland (1959–61), and Woody Herman's Orchestra (1962–64). He appears with the Mort Lindsey Orchestra on Judy Garland’s multi Grammy award winning live album, Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961). He did extensive work as a studio musician both in and out of jazz, including a period as the drummer for the big band of the Merv Griffin Show (1964–75). He recorded several albums with Carl Fontana for Concord Jazz in the mid-1970s, and also played in Supersax. Later in his career he did much work as a sideman for Concord. Hanna died on February 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California of complications from blood disease.[2]


With Maynard Ferguson

With Woody Herman


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