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Playing to ‘A New Standard’: Exclusive Interview With Jazz Pianist Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo

Among family, friends, and his many acquaintances, Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo is known for his infectiously positive spirit, his playful hijinks, and a smile that absolutely lights up a room.

But it’s the music that emanates deep within Egbo-Egbo’s soul his piano as a constant appendage, his jazz, classical and pop leanings and the constant intermingling and pushing of musical genres that reveals the creative standard of the man. As a Toronto-based pianist, composer, producer and sound designer, 2018 marks the official release of his new musical work, appropriately titled A New Standard.

The twelve-song album contains a wide selection of entries originally created by a number of legendary composers over the last two centuries. They are, naturally for Egbo-Egbo, culled from disparate genres: classical, jazz, and curiously, even rock music. In A New Standard, Egbo-Egbo lovingly performs a fun and up-temp version of Sigmund Romberg’s and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise,” as well as a rollicking account of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” that merges brilliantly into the classically jazzy and beloved theme song from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon by composers Paul Webster and Robert Harris.

In a more contemporary sense, Egbo-Egbo’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s”Make You Feel My Love” brings a wonderfully fresh and emotional sense of affection to the beloved classic, but surprisingly, there’s also a perfectly lonely interpretation of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)” found on the new compilation, whose aural sense of isolation any fan of the band might expect and adore. This time, it’s just with a piano.

Biff Bam Pop’s consulting editor and regular contributor, JP Fallavollita, got the chance to steal Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo away from his busy schedule to talk music, his home city of Toronto, and the release of his latest album, the shimmering and wonderful A New Standard. Read the rest of this entry

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013–Every House Is Haunted By Ian Rogers

It’s the holiday season. It’s cold outside and the snow has piled up as high as the windowsill. Dinner has been finished, the table and plates cleaned, and, as the streetlights flicker on, you realize it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch, under blankets, with a hot cup of black tea or Bailey’s-spiked coffee or dark hot chocolate, within arms reach. In your free hands is the perfect book for reading at this very moment in time.

The winter holidays, for all of their inherent joy and merriment, are also perfect days for the more mysterious, twisted and frightening sides of life. There’s a great heritage to holiday-based, horror-themed, story telling and reading. As you wrap yourself within the warm confines of your safe abode, it takes the collected short stories of author Ian Rogers to remind us that Every House Is Haunted.

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you about the gift you need to give (or give to yourself) this holiday season!

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BIFF BAM POP! ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER RELEASE FOR STRANGE WORLD SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

eBook anthology to be released in the fall, featuring 13 unique horror, thriller and suspense stories, plus an intro by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.

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August 7, 2012, Toronto, ON – BIFF BAM POP! has announced a tentative September 2012 release date for the inaugural horror, thriller and suspense project, Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology. The collection will be released in eBook format with an introduction from horror icon Jonathan Maberry.

The book will include 13 “imagination altering” short stories, all sourced from the BIFF BAM POP! community of writers and readers. With the success of last year’s Biff Bam Boo comics collection, the team behind the BIFF BAM POP! culture outlet expect to find an even bigger audience with the Strange World anthology.

Featuring an introduction by multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology will also include the following authors and their stories: Read the rest of this entry

BIFF BAM POP! MAKES LAST CALL FOR SHORT HORROR/THRILLER/SUSPENSE ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS

March 12, 2012, Toronto, ON – Writers of horror, thriller and suspense… this is your FINAL call! The publishing team at BIFF BAM POP! has set a deadline of April 1st for submissions to their upcoming Short Story Anthology.

With a record breaking year for traffic to BiffBamPop.com and the success of last year’s Biff Bam Boo comics collection, writers can be sure that a huge exposure opportunity will accompany an inclusion in this year’s anthology. Any aspiring horror, thriller and suspense writers are reminded that these are the final weeks to submit their work for consideration. The finished Anthology will feature hand-picked short fiction from authors big and small.

“Already the response and anticipation internationally for this project has been overwhelming,” says Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief, BIFF BAM POP! “Everyone who has submitted a story so far understands the potential opportunities that can come from contributing to our anthology. If you’re a writer whose short fiction contains elements of the horror, thriller and/or suspense genres, we want to see your work.”

Writers must submit their original prose before the 11:59pm (ET) April 1st, 2012 deadline. A panel of BIFF BAM POP! representatives will review every submission received, and those selected will be published in the Short Story Anthology to be released this Fall.

Submissions can be sent to: biffbampopsubmissions@gmail.com (RTF or Microsoft Word files). Please see the official submission guidelines for complete information about submitting to the BIFF BAM POP! Short Story Anthology.

About BIFF BAM POP!

Established in August 2008, Biff Bam Pop! is a website devoted to the world of pop culture, from comic books and video games, to movies, books, and music.  For additional information, visit www.biffbampop.com.

For more information, please contact:

Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief BIFF BAM POP!

andyburns2112@gmail.com


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