Photo Credit: Rick Clifford
Toronto based jazz pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us for our newest segment of Five Questions With. He will be playing an exclusive intimate performance at The Horseshoe Tavern on February 13, where he will share songs from his new album, A New Standard which was released January 19, 2018, via Entertainment One.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey, I’m Thompson Thompson Egbo-Egbo, a Toronto-based musician, who explores music all genres from jazz to pop to classical to hip-hop and everything in-between. I can be found all over the city doing this in solo or trio format.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My musical style and writing pull from many influences. I might take a pop tune and give it a jazz or funk treatment and see how that brings out different characteristics of the piece that you might not catch right away. You might hear a Beatles tune and not be able to place it because the context in which it is presented tells an entirely new story than you’re used to.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
February 13th is the album release at the Horseshoe Tavern. Our performances are a lot of fun. Any time the group plays, it is a journey, as we navigate through the many styles. We sometimes surprise ourselves.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
If I have to suggest one song for people to hear, I think I would point them to the trio’s version of ‘ My Favourite Things’. In this version, we mix the classical with jazz and splash for funk on it for a nice little cocktail.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I’m a big fan of so many Canadian artists; everyone from Serena Rhyder to the Julian Taylor Band, to Grand Anolog to Dwayne Gretzky, to Daniel Caesar to Airplane Boys, to Collins Response to Jessie Reyez, and a few more. We’re lucky to have such great music happening now.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.