Archive for the ‘What’s up in Sunnyland’ Category

Returned from Sturbridge MA

This past weekend was a fantastic event – a combination of musical joy meets family reunion. The New England Jazz Banjo Fest had lots of great players (as usual) with Steve Caddick, Mike Hashem, Lance MacLean, , David Cavage, Albie Bernard, Paul Monat, Nathan Garrett (another Roy Smeck alumni) all present along with Arlene Boucher, […]

Emerging from under the rubble of circumstances…

I get a chance to catch my breath & update my dedicated followers of happenings & statuses. A brief overview: Six months of family health issues which demanded attention but are increasingly well-managed; All good wishes are appreciated! Continuing efforts advocating and promoting the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall (more info coming soon!) Some intermittent gigging with […]

Long time, no speak…

After more than 2 years dormant, I finally resolved to once again begin posting (intermittently) to this website.  There are a complex multitude of motivational reasons for this.  Primarily, this website seems like the easiest way for me to keep friends, associates and curious members of the public at large informed without resorting to managing […]

An update before 2014 reaches its end…

As many personal friends and family are aware, my mother Irene Barta passed away this summer.  While my life and activities have gone on, it has certainly been an emotionally charged and difficult time over these past 4+ months.  I will always be grateful for the support and advice which she gave me in her […]

Long time, no post – an update.

The Sunnyland site & blog have been dormant for a while, only in part due to the unusually harsh and extended wintery weather. Over the winter months, I’ve been helping my mom & uncle who have each had major health issues. I am pleased to report that both are stable and well at this writing.  […]

Rallying The Sunnyland Troops – Vote For Us(…and I didn’t even know we were running!)

Dear friends – As you should realize, it is not often that I weigh in on a local election…but there’s always room for an occasional exception. Voting is going on for Dan’s Papers annual “Best of the Best” for the East End, and I find myself directly involved with two nominees on the North Fork…The […]

Get a dose of musical medicine before flu season begins…

…by availing yourself of one or more of these 3 great opportunities before Columbus Day arrives!!! If you want the closest thing to immersion therapy, you must experience Jeff and Joel’s House Party. Hosted by Connecticut’s paragons of the jazz community – musical director and entertainer extraordinaire Jeff Barnhart along with Banjo Hall of Famer […]

Sunnyland hits it’s stride in August!

I’m making a second consecutive weekend trip to Massachusetts this Sunday, where I will be playing with a band under the ever-enjoyable leadership of Jeff Hughes – cornetist extraordinaire of the Wolverines Jazz Band.  The occasion is on Cape Cod, where we will play at a rally of antique motor vehicles…or as the locals say, […]

Sunnyland, Weather Turn Up Heat Across Long Island

Simultaneous with the current heat wave, the band and I have been covering the Island almost literally from end to end. Wednesday July 17th began a set of six dates (the last 3 Wednesdays in July and August) at Ralph’s Italian Ices at the Whitepoint Shopping Center in College Point, Queens.  While John Klumpp had […]

Here comes summer – and another CD!!

Things are starting to hum & strum along into another busy summer season.  In addition to our regular Thursday’s at Bonnie Jean’s and a few private parties, I will be performing with the Isotope Stompers on Saturday, June 15th in a free concert at the American Legion hall in Glen Head – sponsored by the […]

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