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Date:
June 14, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM
Location:
Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
Address:
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Contact:
214.509.4911
Cost:
Free
Singapore Slingers
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Singapore Slingers

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Singpore Slingers, a jazz group, perform.

Combining the rhythms of the 20s and 30s with the edgy energy of contemporary music, The Singapore Slingers captivates audiences with amazing fox trots, waltzes, marches, one-steps, two-steps, rags, tangos and rumbas.  

For a special treat, Michele Guess and Marcela Mercer, granddaughters of the famed vocalist and actor Smith Ballew will introduce the concert.  Smith Ballew recorded the song As Time Goes By for The Columbians Dance Orchestra in 1931.  The song achieved legendary status when Sam (Dooley Wilson) performed it for the classic film Casa Blanca.  Dave Oliphant, author of Texas Jazz and Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State, will discuss Smith Ballew’s musical legacy via Skype. 

The Singapore Slingers have performed at the Sons of Hermann Hall, Kessler Theatre, Pocket Sandwich Theatre and a host of festivals throughout the nation. In 2011, the Dallas Observer declared The Singapore Slingers the Best Pre-Swing Jazz Orchestra and “The city’s coolest quirkiest retro jazz group.”     

Specializing in the baritone and bass sax, director Matt Tolentino is a true multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on accordion, clarinet, tuba, piano, tenor guitar, banjo, and saxophones. He brings the music of yesterday to the audience of today with playful authenticity.