Hot House NYC Jazz Decision 2014 Award's Devin Bing: Best Male Vocalist

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On September 17th, 2014 "Hot House" jazz magazine held it's 2nd annual NYC Jazz Decision award show. It was an evening that honored a full range of talented jazz musicians and vocalists in both individual and group categories. Within the mix of winners like Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Wycliffe Gordon and Stefon Harris, was this year's "newbie," Best Male Vocalist, Devin Bing. Filled with an entertaining night of performances and speeches, Melody Breyer-Grell covered it in her recent piece in the Huffington Post where she got her first glimpse and an "ear full of Bing"... "I was also newly introduced to the multi-talented singer, pianist and trumpet miming Devin Bing.

 Although a total original, Bing, a bit of a crooner, also  harkens back to the traditions of melodic jazz -- totally  accessible with the charisma of a "Golden Age"  entertainer. Blessed with his own sound, not really  resembling Harry Connick Jr., I can't imagine a fan of  his or Michael Buble not being taken hostage by Devin's  talents. Conversely, the aficionados of pure jazz greats  such as Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy might realize much  pleasure when exposed to an ear full of Bing. His  electrifying pianism is matched by a well-pitched voice,  able to sing a controlled straight tone adding a small,  healthy dose of vibrato, in a very homogenous, natural  way. Mr. Bing must be seen live as video cannot capture  the excitement he generates. Check out the schedule at Metropolitanroom.com -- as he will appear monthly" - Melody Greyer-Brell

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"Smooth as a Martini" New York Times Review

After 2 performances of "Devin Bing & The Secret Service...Part Deux" Live at the Metropolitan Room, the critics have spoken! Stephen Holden of the New York Times' review entitled "Smooth as a Martini," compares Devin to the likes of Robin Thicke and a post-Stevie Wonder stylistic arranger. Read the full article below...

“I’ve got more style than a Rolex watch/I’ve got more style than a Rolls-Royce car,” Devin Bing, a Long Island blue-eyed soul crooner declared in his original ballad “Smooth” in the opening of his show on Thursday evening at the Metropolitan Room. Accompanying Mr. Bing, who played piano, was his four-member band, the Secret Service (Michael Feinberg on bass, Blaise Lanzetta on drums, Gavi Grodsky on guitar and Mark Bader on percussion), who churned out the kind of sleek, generic pop-soul grooves with jazz flavoring that are associated with hits by the likes of Robin Thicke.
 
What distinguishes Mr. Bing, 28, from other sweet-talking, slick-haired pop loverboys is his mixture of original material with popular standards arranged in a post-Stevie Wonder style. His set led off with “There Will Never Be Another You,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “Moody’s Mood for Love.” Later came a declamatory “All or Nothing at All” that dispensed with the original melody, and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”
 
Mr. Bing has a coming album, whose title, “Shaken Not Stirred,” he said, refers to James Bond’s favored method of mixing a martini. And two songs, “Little Ms. Mysterious” Parts I and II, he explained, were inspired by Bond-like romantic fantasies of a mysterious beauty, observed smoking a cigarette, who vanishes in the night. Mr. Bing’s lyrics may be devoid of wit, but at least he has concepts.
 
Since when has possession of a Rolex or a Rolls-Royce been synonymous with style? With wealth? Perhaps. But style? No way.
 
Devin Bing continues through Feb. 28 at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Flatiron district; 212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com

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MEDIA COVERAGE : New York Examiner - Devin Bing - Cool is Back in Town

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The Examiner.com, a dynamic entertainment, news and lifestyle network that serves more than 20 million monthly readers across the U.S. and around the world, covered Devin Bing's recent show at Sullivan Hall in New York.  , New York Local Music Examiner sang Bing's praises in his article titled: DEVIN BING : Cool is Back in Town.

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