Friday, December 30, 2011

What A Great Tribute!

Wednesday's Jake Hanna tribute on WPKN-FM Bridgeport (89.5 Mhz) was terrific. We're grateful to Joe Corsello, who shared some wonderful Jake music and Jake stories for three hours on the Jazz Sounds with Rick Petrone. 

The program is archived and you can listen to it by clicking on the Archive  button in the Listen Now box in the upper left section of the website choose Wed, Dec 28 from the dropdown box, and click on the Jazz Sound with Rick Petrone at 1 pm. You'll hear the entire show.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jake Hanna Tribute Wed Dec 28 at 1 pm on WPKN-FM

WPKN-FM Bridgeport (89.5 Mhz) will be broadcasting a tribute to Jake on the Carl Frano Show this Wed. December 28, from 1-4 pm EST.  Those outside of the listening area can hear the show online by clicking on the Live Play button in the Listen Now box in the upper left section of the website

Many thanks to Joe Corsello for arranging this. He was invited to be the musical guest but very kindly suggested they instead pay tribute to Jake. He’s been busy pulling music together to feature on the show.

Happy Boxing Day to all.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Jake Hanna book

Merry Christmas to all the Jake Hanna fans, friends and family members. 

A few months ago, for inspiration, I hung a poster-sized picture of Jake on the wall of my office, and surrounded it with some of his albums. Since he liked to celebrate the holidays I try to decorate the wall in appropriate seasonal fashion. Here's the Christmas decor. And yes, that is a figgy pudding that he's drumming on.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We Have a Publisher!

I'm thrilled to report that I have signed a contract with Meredith Music Publications, who plan to release the book in the fall of 2012. So I'm really working hard to finish it.

For several years November has been NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - in writing circles. People actually try to write an entire book in 30 days! I'm borrowing that 'template' and modifying it as MaLyMeWriMo - Maria Lynette Memoir Writing Month - as my writing partner Lynette and I both undertake to finish our books by November 30.

May the literary forces be with us.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We've hit 100!

100 contributors, that is.

I'm still waiting to hear from about 30 more.

The book is coming along very nicely.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jake Profile in the Woody Herman Newsletter

Al Julian wrote a great profile of Jake for The Herds, the newsletter of the Woody Herman Society. He very kindly gave me permission to reproduce it here. It's in three parts, so I'm including the first part (5 pages) here, and will add the next two parts later.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome to the Jake Hanna blog

Welcome to the Jake Hanna blog, dedicated to the remarkable jazz drummer who was as well known for his witty remarks as he was for his unique drumming style.

I am Jake's niece and have set up this blog to focus on the book I am writing, called Jake Hanna: The Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer.

For the last year I've been collecting stories, tributes, and great memories of Jake that will be incorporated. I'll be providing periodic updates on the progress of the book, which I hope to have published ... soon.

If you would like to send in a story but haven't yet, please get in touch with me through the blog and I'll be happy to include your contribution.

I'll try to provide periodic updates here to let you know how the work is progressing.

I've met some great people through this project, and they've shared wonderful, heartfelt and hilarious stories about Jake.

Thank you, and as Jake would say, keep swingin.'