"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 Gary Busk

Upcoming Shows:

May 23rd, 2016, 7:00 pm
Dine and Dance to the 1920s and 1930s
Maggiano's Little Italy proudly presents the Singapore Slingers! You're invited to dine and dance to the suave, sophisticated strains of this 11-piece orchestra, as we bring back the glorious supper club of yesterday. You don't have to be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to enjoy a fabulous night out!
$45 admission
Delicious 4-course dinner
Wooden dance floor
Elevator to the second floor
Click here to purchase tickets, or buy them at the door
Maggiano's Little Italy
Northpark Mall, 8687 N Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225


June 26th, 2016
2:00 pm
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
The Singapore Slingers are shaking things up with a Sunday matinee!
The perfect thing to liven up your afternoon.
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Reservations highly recommended! Call 214-821-1860
5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., #119, Dallas, TX 75206
Admission $18


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!