Jake Hanna (April 4, 1931[1] – February 12, 2010)[2] was an American jazz drummer.

Jake Hanna
Hanna at the West Texas Jazz Party, Midland, Texas
Hanna at the West Texas Jazz Party, Midland, Texas
Background information
Born(1931-04-04)April 4, 1931
Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 12, 2010(2010-02-12) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Drums
Years active1950s–1990s
LabelsConcord Jazz
External video
video icon 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

He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States.[1] Hanna first performed in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the house drummer at Storyville nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts for a number of years in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] He played with Toshiko Akiyoshi (1957), Maynard Ferguson (1958), Marian McPartland (1959–61), and Woody Herman's Orchestra (1962–64).[1] 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).[1] He recorded several albums with Carl Fontana for Concord Jazz in the mid-1970s and also played in Supersax.[1] Later in his career he did much work as a sideman for Concord.[3]

Hanna died on February 12, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, of complications from blood disease. He was aged 78.[2]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

  • Live at Concord (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • Jake Hanna's Kansas City Express (Concord Jazz, 1976)
  • Jake Takes Manhattan (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • The Joint Is Jumpin' (Arbors, 1998)

As sidemanEdit

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Ruby Braff

  • It Had to Be Us (Chiaroscuro, 1998)
  • Watch What Happens (Arbors, 2002)
  • You Brought a New Kind of Love (Arbors, 2004)

With Rosemary Clooney

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosie (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Here's to My Lady (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • With Love (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Cole Porter (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Harold Arlen (Concord Jazz, 1983)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads (Concord, 1985)

With Herb Ellis

  • Herb Ellis & Ray Brown's Soft Shoe (Concord Jazz, 1974)
  • Seven, Come Eleven (Concord Jazz, 1974)
  • After You've Gone (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • Rhythm Willie (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • Hot Tracks (Concord Jazz, 1976)
  • Soft & Mellow (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • At Montreux Summer 1979 (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • When You're Smiling (Atlas, 1984)
  • Roll Call (Justice, 1991)

With Scott Hamilton

  • Scott Hamilton Is a Good Wind Who Is Blowing Us No Ill (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Scott Hamilton 2 (Concord Jazz, 1978)
  • No Bass Hit (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • Apples and Oranges (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Scott's Buddy (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Tour de Force (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • Major League (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Groovin' High (Concord Jazz, 1992)

With Woody Herman

  • Woody Herman–1963 (Philips, 1963)
  • 1963: The Swingin'est Big Band Ever (Philips, 1963)
  • Encore (Philips, 1963)
  • The Swinging Herman Herd-Recorded Live (Philips, 1964)
  • Woody Herman: 1964 (Philips, 1964)
  • Woody's Big Band Goodies (Philips, 1965)
  • 40th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Concert (RCA Victor, 1977)
  • At the Woodchopper's Ball (Koala, 1979)
  • Presents a Concord Jam Volume 1 (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • A Great American Evening Vol. 3 (Concord Jazz, 1983)

With Harry James

  • The Solid Gold Trumpet of Harry James (MGM, 1962)
  • Requests On-the-Road (MGM, 1962)
  • Harry James Twenty-fifth Anniversary Album (MGM, 1964)

With Barney Kessel

  • Barney Plays Kessel (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • Soaring (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Poor Butterfly (Concord Jazz, 1977)

With Eiji Kitamura

  • Dear Friends (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Seven Stars (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • No Count (Concord Jazz, 1983)

With Marian McPartland

  • Plays Music of Leonard Bernstein (Time, 1960)
  • West Side Story (Time, 1964)
  • From This Moment On (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • Portrait of Marian McPartland (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • At the Festival (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Personal Choice (Concord Jazz, 1983)

With Supersax

  • Supersax Plays Bird (Capitol, 1973)
  • Salt Peanuts (Capitol, 1974)
  • Supersax Plays Bird with Strings (Capitol, 1975)
  • Chasin' the Bird (MPS, 1977)
  • Stone Bird (Columbia, 1988)

With Ross Tompkins

  • Lost in the Stars (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Live at Concord '77 (Concord Jazz, 1978)
  • Festival Time (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Street of Dreams (Famous Door, 1983)
  • Symphony (Famous Door, 1984)
  • In the Swing of Things (Famous Door, 1987)

With others

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 188/9. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ a b "Jake Hanna obituary". The Guardian. 2 May 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Jake Hanna | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.