Mo Egeston hits all the notes in busy life
Fans need a scorecard to keep up with St. Louis musician Mo Egeston these days.
Pianist/producer Egeston, who floats musically between different genres, can be heard in his groups .... Soul Alliance, and the Mo E (All-Stars &) Trio, and he also plays in the bands Brothers Lazaroff
“It’s chaos,” local MVP Egeston says of his many affiliations, which exist partly out of necessity after leaving his job teaching music appreciation at McKendree College (now University) about five years ago.
“Since walking away, I’ve had to do different things to keep food on the table.”
Also, he says, he likes “working with people who are stylistically open, and have no attitudes, no extra layers of drama. That allows me to keep it together.”
“I’m running beats through machines and creating DJ effects, and there’s elements of jazz, soul, electronica, and Latin flavor, with house as the main driving sound,” says Egeston (about his Mo E projects).
Soul Alliance pairs him up with R&B singer Coco Soul, and came about after his agent at Talent Plus suggested he start a new outfit that could play everything from the casino circuit to corporate gigs and special events.
“What we’re trying to do is encompass the whole world of dance, with club classics. But we’re (also) adding more rock to our sound,” he says.
His Mo E Trio lets him do jazz, soul, house, ambient and more within the context of a small trio. As keyboardist for the Brothers Lazaroff, he dabbles in Americana music including roots, reggae, and folk.
All this juggling is nothing new for Egeston, who started his music career locally in 1995 when his Invincible Groov worked as the house band at the Green Room nightclub. He describes Invincible Groov as a party band who could “take Hendrix and put it to a funk groove.”
After the club decided to go in different directions musically, Egeston became part of the original lineup of the popular Vargas Swing. “We were fortunate enough to do an album and get out on the road,” he says of the original lineup that would last until 1999, when members began dropping off.
“People in the band were getting a lot of calls because they were great,” he says.
Egeston continued the Vargas brand with Dawn Weber (and continued later with) Urban Jazz Naturals, which allowed them to dig deeper into their love of club music. Mo & Dawn became a catch-all for all they were doing.
Egeston, who teaches private lessons at his Egeston Piano Studio, started off as a classical player but says “the electronica world has been the most influential on my personal style. Every day I’m discovering something, and I’m a student of whatever situation I happen to be in.”
Mo Egeston, Sundays at Lola.
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