Hanna played at the beginning of his career in local bands in Boston, studied at the Berklee College and was in the 1950s and 1960s, the house drummer of Storyville in Boston. He worked in 1957 with Toshiko Akiyoshi, the following year with Maynard Ferguson, Marian McPartland ( 1959-61 ) and as of the Woody Herman Orchestra 1962 to 1964. Additionally, he worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles participated in numerous panel sessions with Oscar Peterson, Bing Crosby, Barney Kessel, Red Norvo, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate and Rosemary Clooney, Carl Fontana mid-1970s; also worked in the formation Supersax. From the mid- 1970s he was a session musician for recordings of the Concord label and played on their annual festivals and all-star tours in Japan and Europe. At the same label he took under his own name on some albums that Carl Fontana, Dave McKenna, Herb Ellis and others play as a guest musician.
Jake Hanna was one of the busiest drummers of mainstream jazz and collaborated on many recordings by artists of the Concord label.
Disco Graphical Notes
- Kansas City Express ( Concord, 1976)
- Jake Takes Manhattan ( Concord, 1976) with Carmen Leggio
- Joint Is Jumpin ' ( Arbors, 1998)