What is a love song? We don't pretend to know but there sure is a lot of music written about love- in all its forms. For “That’s the Way Love Grooves”, the next Celebrate the Groove event, pianist Mo Egeston puts his spin on relationship vibes with new reworks and arrangements of favorites from artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, PJ Morton, Herbie Hancock, Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Haddaway, Madonna , Adele and H. E. R.
Original music will also be in the mix including new music from vocalist AhSaTi- Nu. As is the case with all Mo Egeston All-Stars events, the night will feature progressive blends of modern jazz, soul, funk. Latin, R&B and groove.
Pianist Maurice "Mo" Egeston spends his musical time leading bands and writing music while also working as a collaborative pianist and educator in both the classroom and private studio. With Mo E (Egeston) All-Stars, he creates a unique groove driven sound and vibe with his originals, reworks and arrangements. It’s a sound that blends influences of jazz, soul, Latin, funk, r&b and electronic music, hallmarks of his style since his days with the pioneering live house/electronic project Urban Jazz Naturals.
For the Celebrate the Groove shows, Mo expands the band’s sound by collaborating with like-minded vocalists and songwriters from the region including the diversely talented creative artist AhSa-Ti Nu and powerhouse vocalist Nikki Ellis.
A multi-disciplinary artist with work rooted in poetry, storytelling, sound engineering and activism, AhSa-Ti Nu utilizes her voice as a means of expressing soulful words in a contemporary context. AhSa-Ti Nu’s influences of gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock continue to shape her goal as an artist: to create music that everyone can connect to emotionally and spiritually.
Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee Nikki’s powerful soul and jazz influenced vocals first caught Mo’s attention through their work together at St. John’s UCC- The Beloved Community. Along with drummer Andrew Gibson (and occasionally percussionist Duane Williams), Nikki and Mo are a part of the St. John’s Music Ministry so their musical bonds are already well developed. Nikki will be featured on Egeston’s arrangements of modern soul, jazz standards and R&B.
Mo Egeston- Keys and Songs AHSa-Ti Nu- Vocals and Songs Nikki Ellis- Vocals Duane “Jingo" Williams- Percussion Andrew Gibson- Drums Eric "Snoopy" Tyler- Bass