"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:


Valentine's Day Sweetheart's Show, February 14th, 2018 
7:30 pm
An evening of romantic rhythms both sweet and hot!
Enjoy an evening with your sweetheart, or treat yourself to a night out.
The great music of the 1920s and 1930s - perfect for romancing.
Special musical guest - Ginny Mac!
Food and beverage (beer and wine) service starts at 6:15 pm, showtime 7:30 pm. 
Perfect for all ages - admission is $25, and tickets can be purchased at www.PocketSandwich.com

The Dallas Museum of Art, February 24th, 2017, 8:00 pm
The DMA Speakeasy is back by popular demand.
A Roaring Twenties party unlike any other. Enjoy the music of the Singapore Slingers, as well as dance lessons, novelty gaming tables, costume contest, antique cars, and prohibition-inspired craft cocktails, plus a chance to win swell raffle prizes. Not to mention the collections of the DMA. 
Admission is $85 for public, and $70 for DMA members.
For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit www.DMA.org 
New Years Eve Dance, December 31st, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Kessler Theatre

The mot elegant New Years Eve this side of 1935 is back once again at The Kessler, as the Singapore Slingers help you dance your way into 2018 in style. The orchestra will be back, along with the wonderful French delight, La Pompe - French classics, jazz standards, and gypsy swing.

Don your glad rags and enjoy a New Years Eve celebration even Guy Lombardo would be proud of. This has become a tradition for the Singapore Slingers, and we hope for you as well!

Admission starts as low as $35! Dance the night away or enjoy the spectacle from your seat - there's not a bad seat in the house. Tickets are all on sale now and can be purchased as 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).

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!