Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jake Hanna - A Celebration

Here's a nice little montage and tribute to the great Jake Hanna:

I've been enjoying Jake's fine playing with the Woody Herman band lately (incidentally Terry Clarke told me once that Hanna was a huge influence on his own personal approach to big band drumming, especially with the Boss Brass) and I've also been getting a lot of mileage out of Hanna's sight reading book "Syncopated Big Band Figures":

Jake Hanna was also a versatile drummer and could find himself in just about any musical situation, not just big bands. A great example of this would be his playing on the Oscar Peterson album "Live in Russia":

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