2012 has been brimming over with wonderful music, but one of the real delights of my jazz life has been the opportunity to hear and meet and record Bob Barta’s Sunnyland Jazz Band.
Here’s what I wrote about them — and here is some more sweet evidence of their affectionate look at the world . . . chamber jazz of the highest order, recorded on October 18, 2012, at Bonnie Jean’s in Southold, New York.
The players? Bob, banjo and vocal; John Lovett, tuba; John Klumpp, trumpet and vocal.
Here are a half-dozen more examples of what the SJB does so well.
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (with that endearing, wise verse):
That aquatic MINNIE THE MERMAID (a wet dream?):
A very tender reading of I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS:
EGYPTIAN ELLA — with new lyrics:
The SJB website is here. On it, you can purchase their superb CD, IN ONE ERA AND OUT THE OTHER (Jazz Alive JACD 1009) — which also features Vince Giordano, Dan Levinson, Lew Green, Russ Whitman, Jim Fryer, Art Hovey, Jeff Barnhart, Jim Mazzy, Jeff Furman, Sal Ranniello, and Scott Black — on a variety of wonderful songs, including HOW COULD CUPID BE SO STUPID?, AN EV’NING IN CAROLINE, YOU’RE MY DISH . . . . it is a consistent pleasure. Click here for one or several.
The Sunnyland Jazz Band will be appearing as part of MONDO VAUDE on Saturday, December 1, at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead . . . no one under seventeen admitted!
May your happiness increase.