"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!


Tickets now on sale for Grapevine Goes Gatsby, with the Singapore Slingers, Saturday March 7th!
 
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March 7th, 2015
8:00 pm
The Singapore Slingers Live in Concert

The Palace Theatre
300 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
Brought to you by Runway Theatre, the Singapore Slingers live in concert- everything from ragtime to Forty Second Street. An evening of rhythms sweet and hot and a show for all ages!
www.grapevinetexasusa.com/palace-theatre/
Admission $25
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March 22nd, 2015
The Jazz Age Sunday Social
Second Annual!
12:00 noon
The Singapore Slingers return to the Jazz Age Sunday Social
An afternoon of traditional jazz (from two bands), vintage clothing, antique cars, costume contest, dance floor, dance lessons, ice cream, refreshments, a photo booth, vintage 78rpm records and phonographs, vendors, and more! Brought to you by Dallas Heritage Village and the Art Deco Society of Dallas.
Dallas Heritage Village
Admission $10; 12 and under FREE. Ticket info coming soon!
1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215
www.JazzAgeSundaySocial.com
www.DallasHeritageVillage.com


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March 24th, 2015
7:30 pm
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Enjoy an evening of rhythms sweet and hot!
Full 18-piece orchestra performs for your listening, drinking, and dining pleasure.
Enjoy the orchestra up close and personal!
Admission $16
5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., #119, Dallas, TX, 75206
Reservations recommended:
214- 821- 1860
www.pocketsandwich.com
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April 25, 2015
7:00 pm
Dallas Heritage Village
History With A Twist
Annual cocktail-themed fundraiser featuring the Singapore Slingers,
craft cocktails, antique cars, dancing, and more!
1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215
www.DallasHeritageVillage.org
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June 9th, 2015
7:30 pm
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Enjoy an evening of rhythms sweet and hot!
Full 18-piece orchestra performs for your listening, drinking, and dining pleasure.
Enjoy the orchestra up close and personal!
Admission $16
5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., #119, Dallas, TX, 75206
Reservations recommended:
214- 821- 1860

www.pocketsandwich.com
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July 4th, 2015
8:00pm
The Kessler Theatre
The Singapore Slingers Patriotic Dance and Concert!
The orchestra will be rolling out all things American- Sousa marches, ragtime, and lots of wonderful music that evokes the spirit of yesterday's Sunday afternoon band shell concerts. Bring your dancing shoes or just take in an evening's worth of music from America's storied musical past!
Admission info coming soon
The Kessler Theater
1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
www.thekessler.org


 
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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!
 
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Check out Sunshine Radio Museum in Sodus, New York!
 
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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!