The Matt Tolentino Band

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 7 musicians (or more at your request!). Many times the band is augmented with additional horn players, a 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.

*With everything upended due to Coronavirus, things are a little uncertain right now! Be sure to check in to review the status of the following gigs!*
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April 19th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Cincinnati Lindy Society
Hey all you cats! The Matt Tolentino Band is back with rhythms sweet and hot for your listening and dancing pleasure. Swing lesson at 6:00 pm, followed by the band at 7:00 pm. Refreshments available. Admission is $10 at the door.
1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224
 
May 29th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Arnold's Bar and Grill
The Matt Tolentino Band returns to the oldest bar in town. A Cincinnati classic, Arnold's serves up delicious food and great drinks in a beautiful, classic, nostalgic setting. Look for the band on the patio outside - Arnold's is the perfect place for the music of the 1920s and 1930s! 
210 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
 
 
July 31st, 2020, 8:00 pm
Arnold's Bar and Grill
The Matt Tolentino Band returns to the oldest bar in town. A Cincinnati classic, Arnold's serves up delicious food and great drinks in a beautiful, classic, nostalgic setting. Look for the band on the patio outside - Arnold's is the perfect place for the music of the 1920s and 1930s! 
210 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
 
 
November 7th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Private Event, Wedding
Atlanta, GA 30303
 
 
November 20th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Arnold's Bar and Grill
The Matt Tolentino Band returns to the oldest bar in town. A Cincinnati classic, Arnold's serves up delicious food and great drinks in a beautiful, classic, nostalgic setting. Look for the band on the patio outside - Arnold's is the perfect place for the music of the 1920s and 1930s! 
210 E. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
 

The Matt Tolentino band can be seen around Cincinnati, and occasionally 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!