"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:

February 4th, 2017
Dallas Museum of Art - DMA Speakeasy

Party like Gatsby during the Dallas Museum of Art Speakeasy celebrating the exhibition 'Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail,' sponsored by ROXOR Artisan Gin.
Sway to the sounds of The Singapore Slingers. Learn different 1920s dances and strut your stuff on the dance floor! Ante up to the novelty gaming tables, and don’t worry about the grub—there will be plenty of nibbles to make this evening the bee's knees!

DMA Member $50, Public $65 - includes two drink tickets, live entertainment, dance instructors, gaming tables, and buffets. VIP HIDEAWAY TICKETS - DMA Member $85, Public $100 - includes open bar, gaming tables, reserved wait staff, upgraded sips and bites, live entertainment, and dedicated dance instructors.

February 14th, 2017
The Pocket Sandwich Theater
Valentine's Show
Back by popular demand! The annual Singapore Slingers' Valentine's Day show at the Pocket is always a sell out, much like Halloween and Christmas shows, so make plans to attend, and reserve your seats today.
5400. E Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75206. Call the box office at 214-821-1860. Admission is $25.
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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!