"The city's coolest, quirkiest retro jazz group!"
-The Dallas Observer, 2011

The Singapore Slingers
The Singapore Slingers is Matt Tolentino's flagship ensemble, and the group has been under his direction since late 2007. They have proven to be the only group of their kind in Dallas, even Texas, and they are a leading source for pre-swing American dance music. The Slingers boast 18 members, and they are completely authentic to the era- the arrangements, attire, and even many of the instruments, are period accurate. Their music is American popular song, 1895- 1935... there is simply nothing like it!

The Slingers are a true orchestra, complete with a string section of 3 violins, viola, cello, and string bass. The drummer also doubles on vintage xylophone and bells- more examples of period instruments. The rhythm is driving, with tuba and banjo propelling the orchestra along. Their repertoire is immense, featuring fox trots, waltzes, marches, one-steps, rags, tangos, and rhumbas. They even venture into the exotic- castle walks, the maxixe, and of course, the oriental fox trot. The orchestra's members range greatly in age, proving this music is truly timeless.
The selections performed by the orchestra are not a forgotten artifact or a museum piece, but a live, breathing testament to the great music of yesteryear. This is music that appeals to all generations, young and old alike. The orchestra takes great delight in performing for their audiences, and they hope to play for you sometime- at a dance, a concert, or perhaps your very own affair!


Photo by James Bertsch

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Upcoming Shows:

December 8th, 2015
7:30 pm
The Singapore Slingers' Winter Revue 
A delightful evening of all your favorite Christmas classics from the 1920s and 1930s
Guaranteed to get you in the spirit! 
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., #119, Dallas, TX 75206
Admission $20

Enjoy the "Savoy Christmas Medley"


Ring in 2016 in style!
December 31st, 2015
9:00 pm
The Kessler Theater
Enjoy the sophisticated sounds of the 1920s and 1930s
The most elegant New Year's Eve celebration around!
Scott Whitfield and the Jazz Cats open


General Admission: $35
Reserved Gallery Seating: $55
VIP Table with 4 chairs: $300

Dessert and champagne toast included with all admission purchase.
The Kessler boats a full bar as well as a kitchen.
Don't dance? The Kessler is an excellent listening room - just enjoy the show!


Check out what PeaJay Music Blog has to say about the Singapore Slingers (all site content copyright PeaJay Music Blog).

The Singapore Slingers' own David Lovrien is a real authority on the subject of early saxophone bands, including the Six Brown Brothers and the Columbia Saxophone Sextette. Check out his web page devoted to the saxophone bands of the 1910s and 1920s! Click on the record!
Check out Sunshine Radio Museum in Sodus, New York!
Sunshine Radio Museum is run by Ray Seppeler... his son Matt plays trumpet in the Singapore Slingers. Ray's website will take you to his shop, where is looking to sell a TON of great antique and vintage radio and phonograph related items for quite a deal. Lots of neat things to see!