The Matt Tolentino Band
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It's no surprise that an 18-piece dance band like the Singapore Slingers can't always fit into the venues where Matt plays- that's why he frequently calls on smaller combinations to do the job. Mostly known as the Matt Tolentino Band (the occasional pseudonym is sometimes employed), the repertoire of the band is fun, upbeat, and highly authentic. The band is perfect for dances, house parties, weddings, and just about any celebration where lively music is needed.

The instrumentation of the band quite often features the tuba and banjo- which gives it that driving 2-beat sound, which was so popular in the 1920s and early 1930s during the era of 'hot jazz.,' which is the band's true specialty. This also gives the group an added degree of authenticity! However, the band is quite capable of moving up the timeline as well, during which times the instrumentation may shift to bass and guitar. The musicians are quite flexible! So whether you're looking to host a Gatsby event or a swing dance, the Matt Tolentino band is here for you.

The Matt Tolentino Band is available in any configuration you desire. Most of the time the band is 4-piece, but can go as high as 8 musicians (or more at your request!). Many times the band is augmented with additional horn players, either cornet/trombone or secondary reed, or sometimes hot violin or fiddle is used.

The band is ready to play for you! Weddings, private parties, birthdays, corporate events, clubs, restaurants, dances and more... we're at your service!
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The Matt Tolentino band can be seen around Dallas, playing everything from jazz clubs and dances, to corporate events, weddings and house parties. Their music is a lot of fun, an energetic blend of hot music- "rhythms sweet and hot" as Matt would say. The repertoire mostly centers around early 'trad' jazz and pop tunes, the likes of which were heard in New York and Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. Rare gems share the spotlight with the old chestnuts- when the Matt Tolentino Band plays, these great old tunes sound as fresh and exciting as when they were first penned nearly 100 years ago. Their music is guaranteed to get you up out of your seat and out on the dance floor!
The Matt Tolentino Band never fails to give the dancers plenty of rhythms to dance to, but one thing Matt always insists on is variety. You can always count on the boys to slip in rhumbas, waltzes, and other varieties in rhythm, just to keep things interesting for the dancers. There are lots of beautiful dance floors to be had in Dallas- including the Kessler Theatre and the Sons of Hermann Hall, and the band hopes to bring our music to each and everyone of them.

The group aspires to bring their audience a high level of authenticity with every show. Majority of the instruments and equipment used at performances is vintage and era-appropriate. The drum kit used in the Matt Tolentino Band, as well as the Slingers, is a 1928 Ludwig with its original factory painted head. When the band is focusing on 1920s and 1930s jazz and pop, banjo is the weapon of choice, and often times that banjoist is Scott Whitfield. Scott Whitfield is nationally recognized as one of the best banjo players in the country. To compliment the banjo, the tuba is often used to supply the bass; tuba and banjo were the rhythm instruments of choice before the bass and guitar took over. Remember- the band doesn't always use tuba and banjo... but for 1920s and 1930s jazz, it can't be beat!

The band loves to play the music of the 1920s and 1930s, but the group is also available for ballroom and swing dance engagements. Need some subtle background music for your party or ceremony? We can help! 

When he is not performing with his own ensembles, Matt Tolentino plays throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth as a soloist (piano and accordion) as well as a sideman, always ready to work. Check out Matt's page here on the website for more information...

Interested in booking? Drop a line on the 'Contact' page- the MTB is available for all of your musical needs... from private parties to large festivals
Upcoming Shows:
 
July 15th, 2018
6:00 pm
Cincinnati Lindy Society
College Hill Town Hall
Performing for all the dancers in Cincinnati tonight! A great 1920s band is in order with an evening of rhythms sweet and hot, featuring David Greer on banjo, Michael Plotkin on drums, and Dave Bock on tuba. Bring your favorite dance partner or come as you are! It will be a fine opportunity to dance, or you can grab a seat and enjoy the band!
Beginner lesson from 6 - 7 pm, and then the band goes on at 7:15. Admission is $10.
1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224
 
 
July 21st, 2018
7:00 pm
Northwest New Deal Weekend
Champagne Sunset Social
The Seattle edition of the Matt Tolentino Band will be back at New Deal Weekend for your listening and dancing pleasure.
The Garden House is the ideal setting for this wonderful evening of music and dance.
Tickets are on sale at www.NewDealWeekend.com
2336 15th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
 


July 28th, 2018
7:00 pm
Witherspoon Distillery

The Matt Tolentino Band will get the party going as Witherspoon Distillery celebrates its 7th year with a big celebration. There will be Prohibition era cocktails, a special menu, Roaring 20's tunes and so much more. Be sure to RSVP for your secret password, which is required for entry. So put on your dancing shoes and come out for a roaring good time at Witherspoon Distillery! 
225 S. St. Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057

 

 
July 29th, 2018
3:00 pm
Shoal's Sound and Service

Enjoy drinks and delicious food from a pop-up chef in this cozy little Deep Ellum bar.
No cover - just great music in historic Deep Ellum. Lots of parking behind the building.
A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
2614 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226
 
 
September 9th, 2018
11:00 am
Park City Club Sunday Jazz Brunch
The Matt Tolentino Band will liven up brunch with the sounds of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
The dining room and the bar of Park City Club have been newly refreshed
Join us for good food and good music - never too early to make reservations.
www.ParkCityClub.net for more information
5956 Sherry Ln #1700, Dallas, TX 75225
 
 
September 22nd, 2018
8:00 pm
Metro Dance Club, Swingtime Center
The Matt Tolentino Band puts on the ballroom hat for an evening of varied rhythms for your dancing pleasure.
Swingtime Center is a big hall with a large, wooden dance floor. Refreshments available. 
5100 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76140

 

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