In his show, ‘Slightly Standard,’ Bing will be performing classic American songs arranged in a way that might be unexpected by the audience.
Bing developed the show over the course of a year with partner Blaise Larzatta on the drums, and the performing duo have played at The Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.
The response for ‘Slightly Standard’ has been overwhelming.
Anna Becker, the executive director of On Stage at Kingsborough, had seen Bing perform previously and knew right away that he would be the right fit for Kingsborough’s new nightclub-esque series.
“I always keep our audiences in mind and I thought that they would love him but also relate to the music that he’ll be performing,” Becker said. “He’s got a very fresh voice and sound, and I think that is what will be interesting to jazz lovers who come to hear him.”
One of Bing’s inspirations is Harry Connick Jr., who Bing named the “template” for building the unique type of jazz musician he is today. Rather than being known as a Big Band musician, Bing has carved out his own fervent, post-modernistic style.
Unlike many of his peers who listened to pop music growing up, Bing’s background and parental influences swayed him to listen to more balanced, deeper music.
His mother is a cabaret singer and an actress while his father is the director of his own live theatre in Long Island. Growing up in a household with music by George Gershwin and Robert Goulet constantly being played, Bing found an interest in jazz and swing.
“While everyone was listening to NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, I was listening to Miles Davis and Gershwin,” he said. “I was kind of an anomaly.”
“I really honed in on Jazz when I first heard Davis and John Coltrane,” Bing added. “I’ve studied other musicians and pianists like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder that shaped the brand of jazz that I’ve created today.”
Now, the 30-year-old Long Island native’s show specializes in adding urban jazz to treasured American songs like ‘Fly Me To The Moon,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ ‘World on a String’ and ‘You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.’ But what exactly is urban jazz?
“When I redo an arrangement, I never do it in the way that it was intended — like swing or a ballad type of song,” Bing explained. “I put these backbeat rhythms that are almost hip hop and soulful to give it that different flair.”
Both Bing and Becker say that the audience should expect the unexpected. While show goers may think they are going to a standard show, they are getting a new brand of exciting arrangements. The goal is to experience all of the emotions that come with a live performance. One moment you’ll be grooving in your seat and in the next, Bing will let the room breathe a little with a pretty ballad.
“He has a great sound and really communicates with the audience,” Becker added.
For Bing, performing on stage is euphoric, and he is looking forward to working the audience to see how they react to each crowd, adding “it’s part of what makes it so passionate, being able to connect and feel the energy in a room.”
And besides covering the classics, Bing will also perform some of his original work.
“I’m a singer-songwriter and so you’ll hear a few of my stripped-down songs that I hope one day will stand the test of time by jazz standards,” he said.
The intimate performance will take place within Kingsborough’s modern-working lighthouse. As guests snack away on wine and cheese and listen to Bing’s music, they can also take in the view of the ocean with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The affordable price per ticket, $40, will include the wine, cheese and performance. On Stage at Kingsborough can be located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Brooklyn.
For tickets and to learn more information about Bing and his ‘Slightly Standard’ show, head to OnStageatKingsborough.org. You can also contact the Box Office at 718-368-5596.
The next performance in the series will be Loston Harris Trio’s ‘Swingfully Yours,’ which will occur on February 26, 2016.
If you’re interested in learning where Bing will be performing next, he will do an all-original show with his Secret Service band at Club Bonafide at 212 East 52nd St. on November 20.