Mo Egeston

Maurice “Mo” Egeston is a pianist, band leader and educator from St. Louis, Missouri. He spends his musical time leading bands and writing music while also working as a collaborative pianist, accompanist and educator in both the classroom and private studio.

A longtime veteran of the St. Louis music scene, Mo currently leads Mo Egeston (Mo E) All-Stars who released their debut album in 2017 followed by 6 singles in 2020-2021. Pre-Pandemic he developed and hosted an event called Late Nights Grooves @ the Dark Room, created through his residency (first year) with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

In 2021 Mo relaunched his Celebrate the Groove event (first developed at Lola) that features original music and rotating guest vocalists who perform Mo’s re-imagined arrangements of vocal classics touching on jazz, soul, r&b and electronic music

Mo Egeston All-Stars brings to life the groove and dance floor influenced styles that have been a part of Maurice “Mo” Egeston's original music since his days with Urban Jazz Naturals. The All-Stars have developed a unique sound, influenced equally by traditional jazz improvisation, modern soul, Latin grooves, electronic music and studio style production.

Egeston emerged as a band leader in the 1990s with regional favorites Vargas Swing. He later wrote and released music globally with the pioneering live electronic music project Urban Jazz Naturals and was a member of St. Louis based rock band Brothers Lazaroff from 2008-2014.

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Riverfront Times-Thomas Crone August 23, 2017 Mo Egeston's Debut CD Was a Long Time Coming As much as anyone, Maurice “Mo E” Egeston had an active role in creating the music culture of Washington Avenue in the mid to late 1990s and early aughts. At the time, the club scene there was a rich mix — not perfect, of course, but possessing both live music and DJ cultures, with a clientele that crossed a lot of demographic lines. For a handful of years, on a handful of blocks, something special was happening on Wash Ave, with Egeston often onstage, working behind the scenes or simply part of the audience.

These days, it's a different musical community downtown, but Egeston's still in the mix, though his view is largely that of a resident, not a performer

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Primary Instrument

Keyboards

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Master of Music- Piano Performance (Chamber emphasis) from Southern Illinois University @ Edwardsville. Mo Egeston Piano Studio- founded in 1995 Classical, Jazz, Pop, Studio Work, Coaching and Accompanying. http://moegeston.com/piano_lessons/

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