by Maria Judge


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Jake Hanna – The Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer by Maria Judge. ISBN 978-1-57463-192-0; $24.95. 240 pages, 6 X 9. This colorful memoir of the great jazz drummer and witty storyteller recounts his life story and career through tributes, recollections and anecdotes—many of them his own hilarious quips—from more than 190 friends, fans, and fellow performers including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Eiji Kitamura and Jeff Hamilton; musicians he mentored such as Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Dan Barrett and Scott Hamilton; and fans such as Harry Crosby, Charlie Watts, Vic Firth and Jim Keltner. His performances with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Harry James, Supersax, Hanna-Fontana, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, the Merv Griffin Show band and over 250 albums are legendary!

“He was a pleasure to watch; there was no wasted motion, yet he was a flamboyant performer who did everything with a flourish and jaunty good-natured air.”

Marian McPartland, Renowned jazz pianist

“Everybody should have had a chance to know Jake Hanna.”

Michael Moore, Bassist, Woody Herman Herd and Dave Brubeck Quartet

“I’ve loved Jake since the first time I met him

Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones

“You can’t really talk about this guy. It’s like trying to talk about music—too big. You mention Jake Hanna and you feel good. Nobody was “kind of” like Jake. Who are you going to compare him to?”

Med Flory, Supersax

“Jake was ‘Mr. Time,’ a pure pleasure to play with. Every beat was a pleasure. He never gave up swinging. He made you sound better than you would have without him. I played my best with him.”

Dick Hafer, Saxophonist, Woody Herman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Mingus

“My Dad had enormous respect for Jake.”

Harry Crosby, Bing Crosby’s Son

“It was a pleasure to have known Jake.”

George Wein, Founder, Newport Jazz Festival

“Jake Hanna called. ‘Do you want to make a record?’”

Rosemary Clooney, Legendary Singer

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