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Canadian Heritage

Jake Hanna


JAKE HANNA (drummer) was born April 4, 1931 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The Boston area raised drummer adept with both big bands and small combos has performed with Mario McPartland, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maynard Ferguson and most notably Woody Herman. Hanna was also a longtime member of Merv Griffin’s television show band. Curently Los Angeles based, the valued sideman, has also co-led groups with Carl Fontana. His most recent collaborations have been as part of acclaimed vocalist Roberta Gamberini’s band.