Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fairfield University Bookstore Reading

Reading and book signing at Fairfield University Bookstore

With Browns and Millers and Miners

With Joe Corsello and Mike

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Live on WPKN Radio

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.
Woody 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
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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Jake Hanna Book is heading to CT

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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jake's reviews

The reviews are already appearing and the reviewers certainly are enjoying the book.

Here's Bruce Klauber's review on  Jazz Legends

Here's Michael Steinman's review on  Jazz Lives

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's a book

The Jake Hanna book makes for some very entertaining reading, even for the author, who's read it regularly for the last two years!

And the reviews are coming in already. I'll post them soon.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bookshelves await the arrival of Jake!

The Mayerson-Hart bookshelf is making room for the arrival of the Jake Hanna book.

Let's see, alphabetically by author's last name--the preferred method of arranging for reference librarians--means Jake will sit between James Joyce and Carl Jung. And the Riverside Shakespeare nearby, too. August neighbors indeed!

The book shipped from the printer a few days ago and should be arriving in bookstores at the end of next week or beginning of the following week.

I can't wait to see it myself.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Joe Lovano is looking forward to the book!

Nice to see--and hear--Joe Lovano at Scullers last night. A contributor to the book, FoJ (Friend of Jake) and fellow Berklee alum, he's looking forward to getting his copy sometime in the next 10 days.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

29 Days to Publication!!

The publisher is releasing the book on September 1, one month ahead of schedule. So we're busy taking care of all the last minute details. We already have several book events scheduled:

Boston Book Launch #1
Sunday, October 7, 2012
2 pm
Dorchester Historical Society
195 Boston Street
Dorchester, MA   02125

Boston Book Launch #2
Wednesday, October 10
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
location details to follow

October 16
Fairfield University Bookstore
Fairfield, Conn

October 17
Abbot Public Library
Marblehead, Mass

Mary Hanna Howard is eagerly awaiting the book release. Here she is with her big brother Jake in the late 30's.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What brother?

Even Jake is not immune from Nigerian prince--or in this case Malaysian banker--scam/spam. I'm sure he'd be surprised to find out from this email that he had a brother with all that money, or that all members of his family perished in the tsunami disaster.

Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2012 8:32 AM

Good Day Friend ,

I am DR. RON CHEANG ,the personal bank manager to the late engr.Edward (snr) a national of your country,whom you share the same last name with.My late Client has a deposit of ($18.5MILLION) Eighteen Million And Five Hundred Thousand Dollar lodged in the bank here in Malaysia .

A wealthy business man who died as the result of a heart-related condition on march 12th 2005.his heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the tsunami disaster|.:
Contact me for more information.

Yours sincerely.
Account Manager

Friday, June 29, 2012

Jake the Runner

Jake was a very good athlete in high school and ran on the track team. There's a funny story in the book about someone challenging him to a race, not realizing his specialty was the 50 yard dash. Here's a picture of the track team from the Dorchester High School for Boys 1949 yearbook. Jake is third from the right in the last row. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Final Edits are Finished!

I'm happy to report that I've completed the final edits and the manuscript is now with the designer who is beginning her part of the production process.

We had a grand total of 189 contributors who shared their stories, memories and tributes to Jake. It's funny, touching, hilarious and has something for everyone.

Gar Whaley, my publisher, told me that he had two reactions after he read the manuscript. The first was that he was sorry he never met Jake Hanna. The second was that he now felt like he knew him. That's exactly the reaction I was hoping for, so I'm delighted he felt that way.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Exclaiming About Jake!!!!!


Are musicians excitable people? Or is is just writing about Jake that inspires them to fill their work with exclamation marks? I'm thinking it's probably a bit of both. I removed approximately 879 exclamation marks from the approximately 200 pages of the manuscript. Let's see, that's an average of 4.39 exclamations per page. Yup, sounds about right. But don't worry. I still left at least two per page :-)

Friday, March 9, 2012

The book is almost finished!

Yesterday I wandered through the book section of the Harvard Coop, indulging in one of my favorite pastimes: imagining which of the tables will feature my book. I've done this many times before, but this was the first time that I've had a publishing contract that would result in the book being sold there, or anywhere.  It was a very nice feeling!

I'm editing now, so this is the book I'm relaying on these days:

Yup, the good ole Chicago Manual of Style. Everything I ever wanted to know about editorial style and methods and lots more.

But it's exciting to have gotten this far. I have hundreds of stories from 165 contributors, a wonderful mix of humor, nostalgia, affection, and very warm memories. I never know what awaits each time I open my email folder or stop by the Post Office.

The manuscript should go to the publisher by the end of March and we're aiming for an October publication date.