From the start of his performing career in the mid 90s Maurice “Mo” Egeston has made a mark in the St. Louis region as a leader of innovative and popular bands. His early study of classical piano brought him to graduate work at SIU-E. It was while completing his Master’s that Mo began exploring styles of music beyond the classical tradition. Since then, all of his projects including Vargas Swing, the Soul Alliance featuring CocoSoul, Urban Jazz Naturals and mo & dawn have seen Mo combine his musical talent and formal training with an ability to lead and run successful groups.
In 2010 Mo Egeston is returning to his roots as a pianist by fronting his own group- the Mo E Trio. The Trio combines influences from all the projects Mo currently performs in (UG Project, the Soul Alliance, and Brothers Lazaroff) with his own interest in soul, jazz and electronic influences. The resulting sound is a groove based experience that seeks to redefine traditional expectations.
Drummer Grover Stewart and bassist Teddy Brookins join Mo on this journey. Styles referenced include soul, jazz, bossa, r & b, organic house grooves and drum and bass but no genre is considered off limits. Originals, jazz standards, pop music and neo-soul melodies will all be a part of the Mo E Trio sound. A sound which easily slides from deep lounge ambience to center stage funk grooves.
At times guest artists will be part of the experience but the sound starts with Mo, Grover and Ted. Mo E Trio- always diverse and improvisational with a definite focus on the tap of the toe and the nod of the head.