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

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 […]

Double dose of great music at Bonnie Jean’s this week!

The weather is warming up and so is the musical season – a double shot of great music will be found at Bonnie Jean’s this week.  In addition to the regular scheduled performance by the Sunnyland Jazz Band, I will be privileged once again to work with the lovely and talented vocalist Barbara Rosene on […]

A wonderful addition to the schedule…

Over the last few weeks, it has been my privilege to be re-acquainted with Barbara Rosene – a beautiful and heartfelt singer of tunes from the very same eclectic Tin Pan Alley catalog as I (and Sunnyland listeners) have appreciated for many years.  I first met Barbara through our mutual inspiring influence – Eddy Davis, […]

Hey pal, wanna buy a CD??

Well, if you check on the “Buy a CD” link, you’ll discover that another musical product has been added to the inventory at Sunnyland Industries. It’s title is quite apropos for my collaboration with the legendary Galvanized Jazz Band of Connecticut – “I’ll Be A Friend, With Pleasure” – as it is indeed a pleasure […]

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