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Jake Hanna


An excellent drummer equally relaxed driving a large band or performing in little mainstream combos, Jake Hanna was a solid asset to some many sessions. He began playing locally in Boston and caused Toshiko Akiyoshi (1957), Maynard Ferguson (1958), because the home drummer at Storyville in Boston, with Marian McPartland (1959-1961), & most significantly using the Woody Herman Orchestra (1962-1964). Like a studio room musician, he was a normal person in the Merv Griffin tv program’s big music group (1964-1975), moving using the display to LA (1970) where he continued to be. Hanna co-led an organization with Carl Fontana that documented for Concord in 1975, used Supersax, and continued to seem on many mainstream and golf swing sessions, learning to be a fixture at jazz celebrations and celebrations. He documented many times (mostly like a sideman) for Concord. Jake Hanna passed away in LA on Feb 12, 2010; he was 78 yrs . old.

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Full Name Jake Hanna
Died February 12, 2010, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Drummer, Musician
Education Berklee College of Music
Music Songs Someday You'll Be Sorry, Prelude to a Kiss, Easy Living, Good News Blues, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Bad News Blues, A Beautiful Friendship, Swing That Music, My Shining Hour, Mood Indigo, Basin Street Blues, Rose Room, If I Had You, Muskrat Ramble, Just a Sittin' and a Rockin', Stompin' at the Savoy, I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good, He Is Funny That Way, Jumpin' the Blues, Lullaby of Birdland, That Old Feeling, Sweet and Lovely, I Am Confessin', It's Sand Man, Robbin's Nest, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, A Time for Love / My Romance, All Of Me, Take the 'a' Train, I've Found a New Baby, Royal Garden Blues, Doggin' Around
Albums The Hanna/Fontana Band Live at Concord, Tribute To Louis Armstrong, On Stage, Jake Hanna's Kansas City Express, Tribute to Benny Goodman, Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, The Joint Is Jumping', Major League, Arrival
Movies Jazz Icons: Woody Herman: Live in '64

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1 Played drums with Woody Herman, and was a longtime member of Merv Griffin's television show band.
2 Jazz drummer.



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