This is what WPKN posted on its Facebook page yesterday while I was on the radio. And someone called in a pledge to get a copy of the book that I donated.
Herman led a band for six decades, and in those six decades, granted
complete musical freedom to only two sidemen: Drummers Dave Tough and
Jake Hanna. Because of their taste, time, ability to swing, support and
play for the band, the Old Woodchopper let them play any way they
wanted. In the process, Tough and Hanna became legends. There’s a new book out about one of those legends, Jake Hanna, and it stands as essential reading. For anyone who can read. Maria S. Judge, Hanna’s niece, has written her uncle’s biography, Jake Hanna: The Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer
We're very excited to be heading to CT on Tuesday, October 16 for two events. First Jazz with Rick Petrone, from 3-4 pm on WPKN Bridgeport, 89.5 Then a reading and book signing at Fairfield University Bookstore.