"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!

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Photo by Gary Busk

Photo by Gary Busk

Upcoming Shows:

Ddecember 13th, 2016
7:30 pm
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
The Singapore Slingers' Winter Review
Celebrate the holidays with one of the Slingers most popular shows.
Much like Halloween and Valentine's Day, our holiday show tends to sell out.
Enjoy some of your favorite classic Christmas tunes!
Reservations highly recommended! Call 214-821-1860
5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., #119, Dallas, TX 75206
Admission $22


December 31st, 2016
The Kessler Theatre
New Year's Eve!
Back by popular demand!
Make plans to join the Singapore Slingers for the return of our elegant New Year's Eve dance and concert at the historic Kessler theatre. This will be the orchestra's third year to return to play for YOU on New Year's Eve. Join us for the most elegant New Year's celebration this side of 1935! Guy Lombardo would approve.

Tickets on sale now! Visit www.TheKessler.org to reserve your seats today. 

Doors open at 8:00, and the fabulous La Pompe will open for the Slingers at 9:00. Don't miss their great gypsy jazz and French swing, then get ready for the main event - the Singapore Slingers start at 10:00 and will take you into 2017 in style. Dress to the nines or come as you are! Tickets start at just $35.
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Check out what PeaJay Music Blog has to say about the Singapore Slingers (all site content copyright PeaJay Music Blog).

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

Check out the Singapore Slingers on Sound Cloud!
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!