"The city's coolest, quirkiest retro jazz group!"  The Dallas Observer

The Singapore Slingers is Matt Tolentino's flagship ensemble, and the group has been under his direction since late 2007. The orchestra is a leading source for pre-swing American dance music, nationally recognized for their authenticity. Matt divides his time between Dallas and Cincinnati, bringing this great music to both cities. The Slingers boast 18 members, and the arrangements, attire, and even many of the instruments, are period accurate. 

The Slingers are a true orchestra, complete with a 4-piece string section, 5-piece woodwind section, 3-piece brass section, and 5-piece rhythm section, featuring tuba and upright bass. Drums double on xylophone, vibes, and bells- more examples of period instruments... all the while the banjo helps propel the orchestra along. Their repertoire is immense - hundreds of tunes deep, 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 (think Sheik of Araby). 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!

Upcoming Shows:



Wednesday November 13th, 2019, 7:00 pm - Knife and Fork Club (Private)

4155 Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75205


Tuesday December 3rd, 6:00 pm, Brookdale Club Hill

1245 Colonel Dr., Garland, TX 75043


Wednesday December 4th, 2019, 7:30 pm - Christmas Show, Pocket Sandwich Theatre

5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75214, www.PocketSandwich.com


Friday December 13th, 2019, 6:30 pm - Dallas Heritage Village

The orchestra will be playing festive Christmas favorites to get you in the spirit as part of Dallas Heritage Village's Annual Candlelight Celebration and fundraiser. Warm up with a hot chocolate and stroll the grounds of DHV in all its holiday splendor!

1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215


Friday January 17th, 2020, 8:00 pm, Dallas Museum of Art

1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201


Sunday March 29th, 2020, 12:00 pm - The Jazz Age Sunday Social

The Twenties are back, and so is the largest vintage-inspired event in Texas. Step back in time as you enjoy live music from the Singapore Slingers, as well as dancing, antique cars, vintage vendors, a best-dressed contest, food, ice cream, and much more. Admission is just $15. 


1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215

The tradition continues! Please join Matt and the Singapore Slingers at The Kessler as we ring in the new year in style. It's officially the 20's again! So don your glad rags and let's go button shining! 

The orchestra is pleased as punch to be returning to The Kessler to welcome in the New Year           

Tickets are on sale now at www.TheKessler.org

Make sure you reserve your seats so you're not left out on the big night. Admission starts at just $35 and that includes desserts and a champagne toast. Don't forget - The Kessler features a full bar and a kitchen, so we've got you covered. Bring your dancing shoes or just enjoy the show! Let's ring in 2020 in style!