The Singapore Slingers

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The Singapore Slingers
The Singapore Slingers - When Summer Is Gone.jpg
Album cover for When Summer Is Gone
Background information
Origin Dallas, Texas
Genres Jazz, Dance
Years active 2007 (2007)–Present
Labels Jazzador Records
Associated acts Matt Tolentino, The Royal Klobasneks
Website The Singapore Slingers
Members Matt Tolentino - bandleader
Linda Proch - violin
Kevin Yu - violin
Jim Herrera - violin
Cynthia Dashiell - viola
Gretchen Nichols - cello
Evan Wennerberg - flute
Jon Stutler - clarinet
Cassie Conway - saxophone
David Lovrien - saxophone
Marc Dunbar - saxophone
Matt Seppeler - trumpet
Phil West - trumpet
Eugene LeBeaux - trombone
Charlie Horwitz - string bass
Irwin Arnstein - tuba
Robert Edwards - piano
George Gagliardi - banjo
Michael Plotkin - drums/xylophone

The Singapore Slingers are an eighteen-member orchestra based in Dallas, Texas that specializes in performing pre-swing American dance music, with a particular focus on popular songs of the 1920s and early 1930s. They have been called the "coolest, quirkiest, retro jazz group" in Dallas by the local press.[1] They are the only group of their kind in Dallas,[2] with a repertoire that regularly features fox trots, waltzes, marches, one-steps, two-steps, rags, tangos, and rumbas. The band was formed in late 2007 by Dallas native Matt Tolentino, and continues under his direction, normally consisting of four reeds, three brass, five rhythm players,[3] and a string section including three violins, a viola, a cello, and a string bass.[4] The Singapore Slingers were nominated in the category "Best Jazz Act" for the 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards,[5] and were named Best Pre-Swing Jazz Orchestra by the Dallas Observer in 2011.[6]

The Singapore Slingers perform regularly at venues all over Dallas.[7] Bandleader Tolentino plays many instruments, including clarinet, tuba, bass saxophone, ukulele, banjo, piano, and accordion.[8] Much of the band’s repertoire utilizes orchestrations of Tin Pan Alley tunes popularized by the likes of the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington, the Club Royal Orchestra, Paul Whiteman, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Marx Brothers films, and other sources,[9] and stays true to vintage arrangements from composers such as Skinner, Von Tilzer, Warren, and Rodgers and Hart.[10] Performances often feature thematic costuming by Tolentino, such as dressing up as a sheik for a show titled “A Night in the Orient.”[11]


  • When Summer Is Gone (CD) (2010)
  • Midnight, The Stars, And You (CD) (Matt Tolentino solo project) (2011)
  • The Frank Skinner Project (CD) (2014)


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