Century Records Presents AARON BING…
“AWESOME performance…UNIQUE style…and OUTSTANDING note!”
Smooth Jazz Artist Aaron Bing, a native of Jacksonville, FL, was born of Native American/African American heritage. His grandmother, the late, Ola Mae Webster, who Mr. Bing affectionately calls, “Big Mama” raised, nurtured, and encouraged Jazz Artist Aaron Bing to totally dedicate himself to perfecting his God-given talents. She was the cornerstone of his inspiration. Under her guidance, he spent must of his childhood in church. He found refuge in his “secret place” learning to play various instruments. From this inspiration he remembers Big Mama’s voice saying to him, “Don’t forget who gave you the gift.” Jazz Artist Aaron Bing decided then music was his “thing.” Music was his place of comfort to escape from being lonely and unpopular. What he loved the most, music, allowed him to be himself unconditionally.
Not forgetting his musical origin of playing his aunt’s old broken clarinet, he began to play the baritone horn, the French horn, and later, the saxophone. Jazz Artist Aaron Bing perfected his musical skills. It was in the 9th grade that he first heard the unique sounds of Grover Washington and Kenny G. He discovered Kenny G’s uniqueness in playing the saxophone. This inspired Jazz Artist Aaron Bing to find his own unique, innate soulfulness.
Moreover, during his high school years, he joined the school’s marching band where he continued to play wind instruments while broadening his musical interest. Jazz Artist Aaron Bing learned how to play percussion, particularly the drums, from the 10th through the 12th grades. He kept learning the basics of reading, writing, creating, and playing music- resulting in him arranging various musical parts for the marching band and writing his first song. It was during that time he realized music was what he wanted to do as a career. By the time he graduated from high school, he had written and produced an entire album. He released it locally to get as much exposure as possible. He just kept producing demos with the aim of getting a record deal.
By the age of 19, Jazz Artist Aaron Bing played wherever he could be heard- to include several local nightclubs, the streets, and the airport of Jacksonville, Florida. After playing with several local professional bands, he began to acquire local recognition as an up and coming smooth jazz soprano and alto saxophone artist.
Although he never formally studied the discipline of jazz, Jazz Artist Aaron Bing also studied such jazz artist as Gerald Albright, David Sanborn, Najee, David Foster, and Walter Afanasieff. Jazz Artist Aaron Bing is a master musician of the soprano and alto saxophones- not to mention 20 other instruments (18 of which are self-taught). He has dedicated over 15 years of his life perfecting his musical talent. He stayed focused and disciplined in giving himself to producing and promoting his craft.
The Smooth Jazz Artist Aaron Bing’s previous experiences have elevated him to the status of a proven jazz artist. Consequently, he has opened for numerous established national artist such as Brian McKnight, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Lenny Williams, and Rachelle Ferrell - to name a few. His most notable national recognition was his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman for holding a musical note for 39 minutes and 40 seconds as a part of a Guinness World Record challenge.
When asked to comment on his musical style, Jazz Artist Aaron Bing paused and said, “Every note that I play comes from my soul. That’s something that can’t be rehearsed or played over and over. All of my emotions and feelings are reflected in my playing. I play every song like it’s the last time I’ll ever play.”
In his new CD release titled 'Secret Place', all are invited to experience the long-winded smooth Jazz sounds of Jazz Artist Aaron Bing.