Matt Tolentino (far right) and the Singapore Slingers

Singapore Slingers bandleader and 2003 Woodrow grad Matt Tolentino is featured in a DMN story today.

Tolentino and the Slingers regularly perform in our neighborhood and all over Dallas. Advocate managing editor Christina Hughes Babb wrote about the band a year ago.

As a kid, Tolentino became enamored of music from the 20s and 30s. I saw him perform once at an event where someone requested a Rodgers and Hart number. “Isn’t that a little recent?” Tolentino asked. “I think that’s from the 40s.”

It might be an accident, but Tolentino’s Gatsby-era stylings are on the money in 2011. The 1930s are fashionable again. Take this photo, which editor Ana Wintour axed from the September issue of Vogue. There’s also “The King’s Speech”, an Oscar contender with wonderful ’20s and ’30s costuming and set design. And in Dallas, the Texas Theatre partied like it was 1931 on New Year’s Eve.

After the jump, watch a video of Tolentino leading the Slingers in “Egyptian Ella”.

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