Here’s the latest from Mo Egeston Music. Summer has been busy with special projects including another successful concert in Lawton, OK to benefit the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra and completion of the music portion of documentary filmmaker Denise Ward-Brown’s Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place.
I was honored to supervise the music and accompany some of the artists including soloist Nya Parker Brown (Brooklyn) and a super group of area greats led by my good friend CocoSoul which included Anita Jackson, Adrienne Felton and C Jay Conrod. The performance portion of the video will also feature the legendary Zella Jackson Price and the Men’s Choir from Good Samaritan Methodist Church. See the end of the update for more info about the video and the exhibit.
This summer also saw the launch of my new night at the Dark Room- Late Night Grooves. Late Night Grooves features a blend of modern soul, improvisation and beats featuring duo & trio collaborations with a variety of vocalists, instrumentalists and beat producers. I’ll be teaming up with members of Mo E All-Stars (Jingo, Snoopy and Grover) CocoSoul, Jessica Butler and many more artists from the jazz, soul and electronic community.
This week on Saturday August 20 I’ll be joined at the Dark Room by vocalist Jessica Butler. We’ll be on stage between 10:15 and 10:30 and will do two sets of soul, nujazz, groove and electropop. The kitchen is open late and there is never a cover. Dark Room residents appear courtesy of the Kranzberg Foundation.
And this Sunday August 21 Mo E All-Stars take the stage at the St. Louis World’s Fare Festival. We’ll be part of the Dark Room feature on the main stage:
Stl Jazz @ The Fare Presented by the Dark Room
- 2pm - 3pm Kasimu Taylor Trio
- 3:15pm - 4:15 Mo E All-Stars
- 4:30pm - 5:30 Jesse Gannon Trio
- 5:45pm – 7 Ptah Williams Trio
Up Next: August 27- Late Night Grooves with Jingo & Snoopy.
The multi-media exhibition and related public education programs for Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place is to be shown in the Gallery of Photography and adjoining Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture of the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri from March 3 to August 5, 2017. The exhibition, “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” will include 50 fine art landscape photographs, some framed to 20 x 24 inches, as well as some larger 30 x 40 inch prints made by Jennifer Colten; video and oral histories by Denise Ward Brown to be shown on 3 monitors throughout the exhibition, sound recordings heard on speakers; historical land documentation, maps, didactic historical narrative text panels, historical artifacts and a complementary art installation by community activist and artist Dail Chambers, which together will provide both a poetic and didactic overview of the history and issues surrounding this predominantly African-American cemetery.
Auxiliary public education programs for Higher Ground include a public forum panel discussion featuring project artists, exhibition catalogue essayists and humanities scholars; as well as a gospel choir concert; and gallery talks by artists and essayists on the project. The exhibition takes its title inspiration from Stevie Wonder’s 1973 song “Higher Ground,” which expresses resilience and perseverance.