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

Jake Hanna
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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
Years active1950s–1990s
LabelsConcord Jazz
Associated actsMerv Griffin Show, Supersax
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

Hanna first performed in his home town of Boston. He 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.[1] Hanna died on February 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California of complications from blood disease.


  • Live at Concord (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • The Hanna/Fontana Band Live at Concord (Concord Jazz, 1975)
  • Kansas City Express (Concord Jazz, 1976)
  • Jake Takes Manhattan (Concord Jazz, 1976)
  • Joint Is Jumpin' (Arbors, 1998)[2]

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Benny Carter

With Maynard Ferguson

With Woody Herman

With Warne Marsh

With Ed Bickert

With Marian McPartland

  • From This Moment On (Concord, 1978)
With George Wein


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Jake Hanna | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Jake Hanna | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2016.